Robotic fabrication of components for ceramic shell structures

Zach Seibold, Malika Singh, Ling-Li Tseng, Yingyi Wang

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This research investigates the assembly of funicular shell structures using a single layer of flat ceramic tiles. The objective is to synthesize recent advances in structural prediction software with existing means and methods of on-site assembly. The primary area of investigation is at the scale of the tectonic unit-most specifically how introduction of geometric intelligence at the scale of the unit can simplify the assembly of forms that are difficult to realize in the context of modern construction. The project simulates an industrial production scenario in which components for a given shell structure can be fabricated using a wire cutterequipped 6-axis robotic arm. It aims to increase the adaptability and applicability of ceramic shell structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-242
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2014


  • Ceramics
  • Construction systems
  • Fabrication
  • Robotics


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