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ICAT Playdate: Center for Design Research Mecha Collab is a Course

ICAT Playdate: Center for Design Research Mecha Collab

Oct 27, 2023 - Oct 27, 2023
1 credit


Full course description

Term: Fall 2023

Date: October 27th, 2023

Time: 8:30am - 9:30am

Location: Community Assembly in the Creativity + Innovation District Living-Learning Community

Instructor: Phyllis Newbill

Presented By: Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT)



The emergence of robots in Architecture, Design, and Construction has broadened the opportunities for artists and designers. However, the digital workflow connecting the designer or artist with the robot is still a hurdle that keeps the full potential of robotic automation at bay. The Center for Design Research’s (CDR) ‘Mecha Collab’ team seeks to bridge this gap by investigating novel simplified processes that aim to be more accessible for creatives to take advantage of these advanced tools. One approach the team has developed uses visual image recognition that enables the user to program the robot by drawing images with a pen and paper. These images are then automatically translated into digital code that controls the location and position of the robot thus creating a visual user interface that allows those with no programming experience to explore new ways of making with industrial robots. This method is suitable for many path-based processes including 3D Printing, painting, drawing, carving, cutting, etc


Speakers: RJ Weaver, Shokoufeh Bozorgmehrian, Dr. Nathan King        


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