Designing for Digital Assembly with a Construction Team of Mobile Robots

Worksite Location
Ithaca
Project Dates
May 15- Aug 15
Faculty Sponsor
Saleh Kalantari
Wages Up To
$4,000
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

Advances in construction automation have primarily focused on creating heavy machines to accomplish repetitive tasks. While this approach is valuable in an assembly-line context, it does not always translate well for the diverse terrain and dynamic nature of construction sites. As a result, the use of automation in the architectural assembly has lagged far behind other industries. To address the challenges of construction-site assembly, this project suggests an alternative technique that uses a fleet of smaller robots working in parallel. The proposed method, which is inspired by the construction techniques of insect colonies, has several advantages over the use of larger machines. It allows for much greater on-site flexibility and portability. It is also easy to scale the operation, by adding or removing additional units as needed. The use of multiple small robots provides operational redundancy that can adapt to the loss of any particular machine. These advantages make the technology particularly suitable for construction in hazardous or inaccessible areas. 

Roles and Responsibilities

The student will participate in a digital fabrication process. We will build a couple of prototypes based on the ideas, and the student will join the team in this fabrication process. 

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Digital fabrication skills and Robotics background are preferred, but not required. 

Benefits and Skills

The student will learn about a new method in digital fabrication. The student gets an opportunity to work in a professional team of designer and researcher in fabricating multiple prototypes of an idea.