Oscillating wire cutting and robotic assembly of bespoke acoustic tile systems

Gabriella Rossi, James Walker, Asbjørn Søndergaard, Isak Worre Foged, Anke Pasold, Jacob Hilmer

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New methods of manufacturing and assembly, enabled through robotic fabrication, push the boundaries of the conventional in architecture and construction, when coupled with advanced digital design and simulation. This paper presents a novel method for digital production of bespoke ceramic assemblies for spatial acoustic modulation, demonstrating a hybrid robotic process combining robotic oscillating wire cutting (ROWC) of wet clay bricks and adaptive pick and place (APnP) production of bespoke brick panel assemblies. These processes are carried out within the framework of a deployable robot cell that can be shipped to a jobsite where complex fabrication and assembly can be performed in situ. The research bridges the gap between serialized and bespoke production of architectural elements, by minimally disrupting existing production chains as a viable way forward to integrate digital technologies into existing manufacturing and construction processes. The proposed methods are demonstrated through a collaboration with brick producer Strøjer Tegl leading to the manufacturing and assembly of a full-scale acoustic demonstrator of 9 × 4 m, comprises 2200 bricks with 14 shape variants.
Original languageEnglish
JournalConstruction Robotics
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • robotic fabrication
  • bricks
  • ruled surface
  • acoustic simulation
  • pick and place
  • wire cutting

Artistic research

  • No

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