Robotically Controlled Fiber-based Manufacturing

Neri Oxman, Markus Kayser, Jared Laucks, Michal Firstenberg


The research explores the process of silk deposition generated by the silkworm Bombyx mori and proposes a novel fiber-based digital fabrication approach inspired by its biological counterpart. We review a suite of analytical methods used to observe and describe fiber-based constructions across multiple length-scales. Translational research from biology to digital fabrication is implemented by emulation in the design of fiber-based digital fabrication techniques utilizing a KUKA robotic arm as a material deposition platform. We discuss the ways in which the silkworm Bombyx mori constructs its cocoon and scaffolding structure and speculate regarding the possible applications and advantages of fiber-based digital fabrication in the construction of an architectural pavilion as case study.

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