Materially Informed Design to Robotic Production: A Robotic 3D Printing System for Informed Material Deposition

  • Sina MostafaviEmail author
  • Henriette Bier


This paper presents and discusses the development of a materially informed Design-to-Robotic-Production (D2RP) process for additive manufacturing aiming to achieve performative porosity in architecture at various scales. An extended series of experiments on materiality employing robotic fabrication techniques were implemented in order to finally produce a prototype on one-to-one scale. In this context, design materiality has been approached from both digital and physical perspectives. At a digital materiality level, a customized computational design framework has been implemented for form finding of compression only structures combined with a material distribution optimization method. Moreover, the chained connection between the parametric design model and the robotic production setup has enabled a systematic study of specific aspects of physicality that cannot be fully simulated in the digital medium. This established a feedback loop not only for understanding material behaviours and properties but also for robotically depositing material in order to create an informed material architecture.


Informed design Robotic 3D printing Porosity Material architecture Material behavior 



This paper has profited from the contribution of the Robotic Building team (authors, Ana Anton and Serban Bodea) and Hyperbody MSc 3 students (Fall semester 2014). The project presented has been sponsored by 3TU. Bouw Center of Excellence for the Built Environment, Delft Robotic Institute, 100 % Research and ABB Benelux.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.TU DelftHyperbody, Robotic BuildingDelftThe Netherlands

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