Robotics: the Future of Design?

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The University of Sydney’s Robots, Fabrication and Design showcase has kicked off last 21st August for Sydney Design 2014. It showcases over 100 prototypes, models, artworks and full-scaled design projects created by the students and staff of the University.

This extensive exhibition showcases the projects of mid-year graduating students of Masters program and works exhibited in events around the world including Vivid Sydney.

“This is the perfect opportunity to see the highly innovative and creative work by Sydney’s best architecture and design tertiary students, who will be the next generation of leading architects and designers in this country,” said Dagmar Reinhardt, Program Director for Bachelor of Architecture and Environments, and Master of Digital Architecture Studio Leader.

One of the highlights of the showcase is the Kuka Robot Bar, a robotic programmed bartender that interacts with the visitors by creating cocktails. The robotics team at the Faculty of Architecture Design and Planning have scripted the Kuka KR60-3 Robot arm to make, shake and serve cocktails. Visitors can have their faces drawn by a CNC 3 axis router; see the big Kuka robot arm carve a light mold; get a 3D print of their head; or pick up a designer gift made on the spot bu the industrial laser cutter.

Kuka Robot Bartender
“Robotic and other interactive demonstrations are a highlight of the showcase – with something for all visitors and ages. At the same time, one can see the design capabilities that our workshops offer students, staff and researchers,” said Marjo Niemelä, Manager of the Design Modelling and Fabrication Lab in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.

The show will open again for the University’s Open Day on 30 August.

Source: University of Sydney