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Autodesk University

 
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Academic

Autodesk University Pavillion is a locally fabricated structure constructed at Virginia tech as a collaboration between MASS Design Group, Virginia Tech’s Center for Design Research (CDR), Autodesk and Rudabega. I contributed as part of a 4 member student group representing Virginia tech. The fabrication stage took place at Virginia Tech’s Research-Design Facility which was further assembled & showcased in Las Vegas as part of the 2015 Autodesk University.

 
 
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Structural Elements

 
 
 Metal Nodes | Wooden Struts  Each node and strut are unique and no two are the same.

Metal Nodes | Wooden Struts

Each node and strut are unique and no two are the same.

 Robotically fabricated node  A robotic arm holds and rotates the central cylinder at its uniques angles for the metal plates to be welded.

Robotically fabricated node

A robotic arm holds and rotates the central cylinder at its uniques angles for the metal plates to be welded.

 Short Members | Long Spans  Easier to fabricate, assemble, carry and transport

Short Members | Long Spans

Easier to fabricate, assemble, carry and transport

 
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 Fabrication Process

 

The parametric structure is designed by mainly using Autodesk Dynamo, which enables the automated programing for robots in the construction phase. The design was originally made through Fusion 360. Each strut and node is unique in length and size respectively.  Although all the wooden struts were made manually, each node was created by Dynamo-driven collaborative robotic welding. The human-robot interaction allowed us to optimize our performance in fabrication and accuracy.

 
 
 
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Assembly Process

 
 
 
 
 Fully Assembled Pavilion

Fully Assembled Pavilion

 Close Up View

Close Up View

 
 

Lo-Fab pavilion demonstrates the efficiency of the use of short structural members to design and bulid long span structures.

 
 

Time laps of the assembly process

 
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