How to use robots for form finding?
Approxymotion is the further development of the Resoloom research project focusing on motion-based forming. It is an attempt to apply the process of digital design to the physical space. Traditionally, forms are transferred from paper/virtual space in architecture to building through fixed-shape molds or an assembly of many elements. The goal of this project was to set the “mold” into motion while maintaining the parametric nature inherited from the digital model. The result is a motion-form that computes between the initial motion input, the built geometry and its material properties.
The nested relation <corner-cutting> from rough to smoothened layers displays the gradient condition from the accuracy of the robotic motion control to the averaging behavior of the elastic net.
focus: robot controlled form finding
program: moldless free forming
date: 2012 spring term in Studio Testa, Sci-Arc, Los Angeles