Freeform Volumetric Fabrication Using Actuated Robotic Hot Wire Cutter

Paul Loh, Yuhan Hou, Chun Tung Tse, Jiaqi Mo, David Leggett

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This paper discusses the design, fabrication and operational workflow of a novel hot-wire cutter used as an end effector for a robotic arm. Typically, hot wire cutters used a linear cutting element which results in ruled surfaces geometry. While several researchers have examined the use of hot wire cutter with cooperative robotic arms to create non-ruled surface geometry, this research explores the use of an actuated hot wire cutter manoeuver by a single robotic arm to produce similar form. The paper outlines the machine making process and its workflow resulting in a 1:1 scale prototype. The paper concludes by examining how the novel tool can be applied to an urban stage design. The research set up a fabrication procedure that has the potential to be deployed as an on-site fabrication methodology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 DigitalFUTURES: The 2nd International Conference on Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication (CDRF 2020)
EditorsPhilip F. Yuan, Jiawei Yao, Chao Yan, Xiang Wang, Neil Leach
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-33-4400-6
ISBN (Print)978-981-33-4399-3 (HB), 978-981-33-4402-0 (PB)
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes


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