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Newsletter #2
July 2015

NCCR Digital Fabrication on YouTube

The NCCR Digital Fabrication invites you to discover its recently launched YouTube-channel and become a subscriber. The first videos feature the autonomous construction robot "In-situ Fabricator", as well as interviews with the President of ETH Zurich and some of the leading researchers of this interdisciplinary research initiative.

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The "In-situ Fabricator" – an autonomous construction robot

Digital fabrication enables the seamless combination of digital design with physical construction processes. To fully exploit this emerging technology within architecture, robotic fabrication must be implemented directly on construction sites. Achieving in-situ fabrication using mobile construction robotics is the goal of several research projects within the NCCR Digital Fabrication.

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"Removing steps of common processes"

Being able to control the moment when concrete turns from liquid to solid is crucial for digitally fabricated concrete structures. The timing of this process can be controlled by tuning the chemistry and adding small amounts of specific substances at just the right time. Professor Robert J. Flatt and his research group not only want to control this process but also use innovations in concrete chemistry and digital fabrication to reduce the environmental footprint of the most used building material in the world.

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Sustainability assessment of digital fabrication

Digital fabrication has great potential for improving the sustainability in construction. However until now this potential had hardly been investigated. Research at the NCCR Digital Fabrication now aims to identify the significant parameters of this emerging technology and provide a knowledge base for project optimization.

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"Will robots build for us?"

During the ETH Zurich Foundation's "front-line visit", representatives of the construction industry and the research domain discussed the potential of modern robots for the construction sector. It was concluded that, although implementation of these technologies on the building site is still some way off, the potential is already immense today.

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Announcement: AAG 2016 Conference

The Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG) Conference 2016 will be hosted by the NCCR Digital Fabrication and will take place at the ETH Zurich on September 9-13, 2016. The conference chairs will be Professor Fabio Gramazio and Professor Matthias Kohler. The initial call for papers will be issued in September 2015, with the submissions expected in early spring of 2016. AAG is a bi-annual conference, which features both theoretical and practical elaborations of geometry and design with a clear focus on architectural development. 

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The NCCR Digital Fabrication Newsletter informs on the newest research findings, upcoming events and open positions in a quarterly cycle. © 2015 NCCR Digital Fabrication

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