Digital Fabrication represents a new way of building and is becoming a core discipline in architecture. It is the link between digital design technologies and the real construction process. New architectural designs and structures can thus be realized by using inexpensive precise and resource-efficient on-site robotic construction.
Since 2005, ETH Zurich has taken a pioneering role in the research in digital fabrication. To further intensify investigations in this field, the development of a new National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) "Digital Fabrication" (more information) has been funded by the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER). It represents an ambitious project involving different disciplines as architecture, robotics, systems control engineering, computer-aided design and materials sciences.
The Automatic Control Laboratory of ETH Zürich (IFA) is developing new solutions for control systems within cooperative robotics. More information on the research by IFA within the project of Digital Fabrication is provided here.
Automatic Control Laboratory (ETHZ, D-ITET)
Prof. Dr. Manfred Morari, Prof. Dr. Roy Smith
Agile and Dexterous Robotics Lab (ETHZ, D-MAVT)
Prof. Dr. Jonas Buchli
Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control
(ETHZ, D-MAVT), Prof. Dr. Raffaello D'Andrea
Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory - LGG (EPFL, IC), Prof. Dr. Mark Pauly
Departement Architecture, Wood and Construction
(BFH, AHB), Prof. Dr. Odilo Schoch
Architecture and Digital Fabrication (ETHZ, D-ARCH)
Prof. Fabio Gramazio, Prof. Matthias Kohler
Block Research Group (ETHZ, D-ARCH)
Prof. Dr. Philippe Block
Architecture and Building Process (ETHZ, D-ARCH)
Chair of Sustainable Construction (ETHZ, D-BAUG)
Prof. Dr. Guillaume Habert
Physical Chemistry of Building Materials
(ETHZ, D-BAUG), Prof. Dr. Robert Flatt
Laboratory For Timber Constructions - iBOIS
(EPFL, ENAC), Prof. Dr. Yves Weinand
Head of Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (Empa), Dr. Peter Richner
A full-size demonstrator "NEST" will be used within the project.