Computing craft: Early development of a robotically-supported cob 3D printing system
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This paper focuses on an ongoing investigation exploring fabrication procedures and methodologies for robotically supported 3D printing utilising cob and other clay-based sustainable building materials, and is part of an ongoing collaboration between Cardiff University and the University of Plymouth. The methodology is that of a prototype development process within the framework of a feasibility studies call supported by the "Connected Everything: Industrial Systems in the Digital Age" EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) network. This project expects to not only reveal technological and design opportunities for 3D printed cob structures, but more broadly to engage with vernacular practice through digital means. As a result, this paper expects to contribute to the discipline by providing a framework engaging with digital practice as a way to bridge the knowledge gap between digitally-driven and vernacular modes of knowledge production, dissemination and representation.
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