F.R.A.C. - Framework for Robotics and Automated Construction
17 Oct 2019
The use of robotics in the AEC industry is of great appeal, due to the increase in productivity and quality expected to be achieved through automation. However, in order to fully realise these benefits, the industry must first of all question which of our current processes should be automated and which should be re-thought. In order to support the use of Digital Manufacture and Robotics, building on Bryden Wood’s ‘Platform Approach’ to DfMA, our Creative Technologies has developed F.R.A.C. – a Framework for Robotics and Automated Construction. F.R.A.C. provides an open, extensible and collaborative platform that enables all designers to engage with robotic technologies and to embed digital manufacture workflows into their everyday design activities. F.R.A.C. is a digital workflow that connects industry standard design software to robotic technology tools, using custom apps to provide: - XR environments for design and process interaction - A library of manufacturing blocks as defined elements of process (which we call CHIPs) - Real time data exchange between simulated systems across multiple devices - Data visualisations and analytics for manufacturing optimisation The session format will include a presentation of F.R.A.C., an interactive VR demonstration of the robotic programming interface, in combination with live robotic demonstration.