The Bartlett School of Architecture in London offers masters-level courses, and is composed of a research cluster hopes to be able to 3D printing industrial robots for use in architectural modelling.
Much architecture hasfine-tuned design and intricate detail lie at its heart, but that usually presents challenges in digital design and manufacturing. While it seems practically anything could be replicated today through the use of 3D printing, architecture is not always so readily cooperative. What has, in the past, been done through hands-on craftsmanship is not simple for machines employed as tools to create and produce.
Researchers at the school used a very direct computational approach by cutting out a number of steps, to give optimal efficiency and use of the 3D printing robots, The models are designed specifically to organise the materials in space, depending on structure and logistics.