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Newsletter #3
December 2015
Wir wünschen Ihnen frohe Festtage und ein gutes neues Jahr.
With best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. 
...from the entire team of the NCCR Digital Fabrication

New Assistant Professors

At its meeting in September 2015 the ETH Executive Board appointed architect Benjamin Dillenburger (right) and roboticist Marco Hutter as Assistant Professors. They will play a crucial role as Principle Investigators at the NCCR Digital Fabrication.

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Publication Report: Designing for Equilibrium 

Self-supporting assemblies help to simplify construction and optimize the assemblage of prefabricated modules. In a recent paper, researcher Ursula Frick of the Block Research Group presents her ongoing research, as part of the project “Equilibrium design of discrete-element assemblies”. This research investigates novel design and assembly strategies with a focus on discrete-element structures and their stability. Her current work develops digital processes to evaluate, subdivide and then fabricate spatial equilibrium “puzzles” that are stable by themselves without requiring glue or other connectors. With advances in fabrication and on-site construction, such as CNC milling, digital fabrication and robotic assembly such processes will augment the possibilities for the prefabrication of highly individual modules, and the realization of complex yet efficient architectural geometries. 

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Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann meets the
In-situ Fabricator

On the 12th of October 2015, Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann visited ETH Zurich. One of the highlights of the day was a visit to the Robotic Manufacturing Laboratory of the NCCR Digital Fabrication where an interdisciplinary research team led by Jonas Buchli, Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler demonstrated the “In-situ Fabricator” construction robot.

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Reuters TV reports on the In Situ Fabricator

In September 2015, the NCCR Digital Fabrication welcomed Jim Drury from Reuters TV. The resulting 2-minutes-video features the autonomous construction robot “In situ Fabricator” (IF). In the report Drury captures the capabilities and relevant questions regarding this “game-changer in construction”. 

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Project launch: The NCCR Digital Fabrication Nest Unit

The NEST is an experimental building consisting of a central “backbone” and three open platforms. Individual projects will investigate different aspects of building science, sustainability, and construction, and will be installed as “plug-and-play” modules. While the permanent structure is nearing completion, the NCCR Digital Fabrication is launching its project to design, fabricate, and implement a “unit” that will become part of this fascinating modular research building. Konrad Graser, Project Manager for the NCCR Digital Fabrication Nest Unit, explains how the project provides “real world” testing and implementation of digital fabrication as a showcase for future innovations in architecture and construction.

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Call for Papers: Advances in Architectural Geometry 2016

The Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG) 2016 Conference will be hosted by the NCCR Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich, September 9-13, 2016. AAG is a biennial conference, which features both theoretical and practical elaborations of geometry and design with a clear focus on architectural development. By combining these AAG themes with the research at NCCR Digital Fabrication, the conference, workshops, and exhibitions all promise to be an exceptional forum for both researchers and industry practitioners.

Full paper submissions and proposals for workshops are due April 1, 2016.

An exciting roster of keynote presenters will be announced early in 2016, and we are looking forward to welcoming you to Zurich and the NCCR Digital Fabrication.
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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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