Robotics-Based Prefabrication in Architecture

Prefabrication the Shinsa-Town Free-Form Ceiling Structures
  • Xun LiEmail author
  • DongHan Shin
  • JinHo Park
  • HyungUk Ahn


Existing methods for the production and installation of free-form ceiling structures were not suitable with respect to construction cost and time period that were assigned to a Shinsa-town project. Hence, we selected the Robotic-based Digital Fabrication Method that was being tested at that time. Considering the construction cost and period, we selected expandable polystyrene (EPS) as the material of the ceiling structure, and we developed and utilized BAT (a Grasshopper plug-in), to process the work as a free-form production method. We also invented a new cutting method to implement the specific types of components that were otherwise unlikely to be implemented due to the limitation of the straight hot-wire. This paper describes a transport system for the components of the framework, and a robotics-based on-site installation method that is required for the utilization of a robot in the fabrication of these structures.


Curved ceiling shapes Hot-wire cutting Robotic fabrication Industrial robot 



The authors would like to thank Daeyeon Kim (Robotics department), ABB Korea and Youngmin Park, and KUKA Robotics Korea for their continuous and generous support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architectural EngineeringInha UniversityIncheonKorea
  2. 2.B.A.T ArchitectureIncheonKorea

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