Studio RAP is currently developing a new rapid manufacturing technique for curved concrete panels carved with ‘robot hotwire’ and with minimal use of materials.
The material in this respect is shotcrete. The emergence of freeform geometry in architecture has been accompanied by a demand for mass-customization. This is possible with industrial robot arms controlled from advanced software.
The modernists of the twentieth century derived their language of form in response to the possibilities standardized industrial manufacturing processes offered them. Now, the possibilities offered by industrial robots within the design and building process should be considered as part of a new architecture and new type of architect. Studio RAP (Robotics, Architecture & Production) aims to develop this new role of the architect by deploying robot-operated production in the works of their architectural design and manufacturing studio.