Computer Assisted Design

Computer Assisted Design

Using robots and computers, architects are developing new sets of tools and new ways of designing and constructing buildings. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

King: We are investigating opportunities for new material processes utilizing automated tools. Automated tools are simply machines that are programmed through computers to manipulate material.

Nathan King is an assistant professor of architecture at Virginia Tech.

King: So we have robot arms, 3D printers and a number of other CNC tools. CNC is computer numeric control and means you program something in the computer, send it to the machine and the machine moves in the way that you told it to.
So we’re developing new ways of making things that are specifically driven for problems, like better performance in a building.

King: One example of a problem in the building industry might be poor daylighting quality. It’s the amount of light that enters a room. So sometimes you have too much like coming in and glare and overheating, and sometimes you don’t have enough light coming in, so people can’t operate in an effective manner.
A common problem in architecture is how to control daylighting. And what happens when we run through, performance optimization software system that would allow us to really prescribe exactly where light comes in, how it comes in and what amount it comes in, to provide adequate daylighting in a space.
There’s energy-saving consequence, worker comfort consequences for having more daylighting versus electric light. So, ultimately the problem we have is that the demand for perfectly prescribed daylighting often requires custom parts. But this is a problem because most things that are manufactured in the building industry at least – are mass produced. To adequately control daylighting through robotics, we’re investigating new ways to make custom parts.

We’ll hear more on robots and computer design in future programs. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

Computer Assisted Design

Custom parts? No problem. Using robots and computers, architects are developing new sets of tools and new ways of designing and constructing buildings.
Air Date:01/26/2016
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Computer Assisted Design

Using robots and computers, architects are developing new sets of tools and new ways of designing and constructing buildings. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

King: We are investigating opportunities for new material processes utilizing automated tools. Automated tools are simply machines that are programmed through computers to manipulate material.

Nathan King is an assistant professor of architecture at Virginia Tech.

King: So we have robot arms, 3D printers and a number of other CNC tools. CNC is computer numeric control and means you program something in the computer, send it to the machine and the machine moves in the way that you told it to.
So we're developing new ways of making things that are specifically driven for problems, like better performance in a building.

King: One example of a problem in the building industry might be poor daylighting quality. It's the amount of light that enters a room. So sometimes you have too much like coming in and glare and overheating, and sometimes you don't have enough light coming in, so people can't operate in an effective manner.
A common problem in architecture is how to control daylighting. And what happens when we run through, performance optimization software system that would allow us to really prescribe exactly where light comes in, how it comes in and what amount it comes in, to provide adequate daylighting in a space.
There's energy-saving consequence, worker comfort consequences for having more daylighting versus electric light. So, ultimately the problem we have is that the demand for perfectly prescribed daylighting often requires custom parts. But this is a problem because most things that are manufactured in the building industry at least - are mass produced. To adequately control daylighting through robotics, we're investigating new ways to make custom parts.

We'll hear more on robots and computer design in future programs. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.