Course detail

CNC Machining / Robots in Artistic Practice

FaVU-CNCAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course offers an introduction to how industrial robots can be utilised in artistic practice – in sculpture and object making. The course introduces students to 3D machining and its possibilities. Following topics are to be touched upon: work safety in a robotic workplace, robot programming, 3D model preparation for machining, model import into Autodesk PowerMill, NC path generation, simulation and modification robot movement, preparation of the robot for work, selection and preparation of material for machining, practical exercises in 3D machining.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

As the outcome of the course, students will gain a relevant fundament of knowledge and skills in 3D machining. Those will allow them to estimate the appropriate procedures in the machine production of specific objects. Students will be able to independently work both with software used for 3D machining and with the robot itself.

Prerequisites

Basic knowledge of working with a personal computer, the ability to orient in a virtual space, patience and interest in 3D technology. Experience with 3D programs (3D Max, Maya, Rhinoceros 3D, SolidWorks, etc.) is welcomed.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

https://www.robotsinarchitecture.org/
https://www.digital-handmade.com/
Willmann, J.; Block, P.; Hutter, M.; Byrne, K.; Schork, T. (eds.). Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design 2018. Springer, 2018.
Labaco, Ron. Out of Hand. Materializing the Postdigital. Black Dog Publishing, 2013.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Specific features of the technology and its possible extensions in artistic practice are introduced first in lectures, which are followed-up with exercises aiming on the acquisition of skills. Substantial part of the practical exercises is made in groups.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The credit is awarded in the basis of attendance and fulfilment of assigned tasks.

Language of instruction

English

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1) Introduction to the robotic workshop of FFA BUT. Components, parameters, safety, materials, project examples, etc.
2) Range of operations of Robotic arm (6 DOF industrial robot).
3) Manual control and programming of the robot.
4) Robot drawing.
5) Artists of CNC milling machines.
6) Introduction to milling, machine kinematics, milling methods.
7) Basic principles of robot milling, model preparation.
8) Introduction to software, model import, modification.
9) Setting of simulation parameters (in the program...).
10) Machining simulation and robot motion adjustment.
11) 3D robotic machining - project implementation.

Aims

The objective of the course is to acquaint students with the technology of 3D robotic machining, to teach them how to use this technology in creative practice. Students should – based on lectures and practical exercises – acquire the skills necessary for independent work in the field of robotic machining and thus expand their knowledge about technology used in sculpting.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance compulsory (80%).

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme VUB Bachelor's

    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 3. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 3. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 3. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 4. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 4. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 4. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 4. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

8 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Practical class

18 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer