How KUKA robots are revolutionising robotic architecture


For years, robots like the KUKA Robots stocked by CNC Robotics have been vital to manufacturing and machining – with the ability to work to a complex digital model to create advanced components faster and with more precision than a human could.

These high-end components can be made from a huge variety of materials, and are used for applications including electronics, automobile construction, aerospace engineering and more. What’s more, other versatile, capable KUKA robots are able to assemble and affix the components, lending themselves well to the rapid production of complex, high-tech finished products.

Naturally, this makes them well-suited to uses outside simple manufacturing. For example, in the field of architecture, KUKA robots are quickly revolutionising the design and construction of buildings and structures.

Increasingly popular with architectural practices and universities, a KUKA robot allows ground-breaking new practices to be employed, with advanced digital modelling providing a sound and effective way for new designs to be drafted and redrafted, while the robot itself effortlessly and quickly machines prototypes to specification. With the use of a KUKA robot, experimental architecture is the easiest it’s ever been, and prototypes can be made, tested, improved upon and prototyped again faster than ever before!

Robotic architecture can also be crucial in the creation of the buildings themselves, with KUKA machining robots proving extremely effective in machining custom components for complex architectural projects and assembling them according to programs which can enhance and surpass human ingenuity.

For example, a robotically-built brick wall assembled at ETH Zurich in 2006 laid its bricks according to a mathematical model, creating a spectacular rippling effect in which no two bricks occupied the exact same alignment. With the ability to lay bricks to extremely precise angles without any external reference or visual checking, these nimble robots can create complicated patterns with no more effort than laying bricks traditionally.

The potential for robotic architecture to revolutionise the industry was illustrated starkly at CNC robotics when our KUKA robots were used to machine 3000 individual components for an architectural project shown off at Greenwich Peninsula, London. Each of the 3000 pieces was unique, and each required full 5-Axis robotic machining to create the right form and dimensions for the final construction, so it was a complicated project – but with the help of our robots, it was completed on time and exactly to specification.

Without the use of our state-of-the-art KUKA robots, this project simply would not have been possible, and it is a great example of what can be achieved with the help of robotic architecture!

If you would like to know more about how robotic architecture can help you, or you would like to discuss a potential project involving KUKA robot machining, you can get in touch with CNC Robotics on 0151 523 8009 or use our contact form to send us a message! The robotics experts at our head office will be happy to help you find a robotic architecture solution to suit your needs.

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