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Fabrication setup for producing thin folded concrete members with non-standard geometries
Thin folded concrete prototypes

Design and Fabrication of Thin Folded Concrete Members, ETH Zurich, 2016-2020
This research project focuses on the architectural potential of thin folded concrete members of non-standard geometries produced by a robotic slipforming process, Smart Dynamic Casting (SDC). In SDC, the possible geometries are determined by a complex relationship between the formwork, its actuation, the digital input for the slipping trajectory and the control over the properties of concrete. This project investigates curved robotic trajectories and the effect of increased surface to volume ratio within different thin folded formworks. In this empirical research, physical experimentation at a 1:1 scale allows for evaluating the fabrication feasibility of digitally designed, folded members. Furthermore, this project will explore the assemblies of the produced members as possible architectural applications of this specific digital fabrication method for concrete.

The research is pursued in the framework of the National Competence Centre of Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication.

Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

In cooperation with: Prof. Dr. Robert J. Flatt, Ena Lloret-Fritschi (PostDoc), Timothy Wangler (PostDoc), Lex Reiter (PhD)
Collaborators: Anna Szabo (project lead), Fabio Scotto, Andi Reusser, Michael Lyrenmann, Tom Mundy, Lukas Sigrist, Lukas Fuhrimann

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