19.04.2024
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NCCR Digital Fabrication Newsletter
Hot Summer- Hot News
The temperatures are climbing higher here in Switzerland and we are almost ready for a mid-summer break. Before we all depart for our well-earned holidays, we wish to share some hot news items from the NCCR DFAB community. Principal Investigator (PI) Catherine De Wolf is named one of the "2023 MIT 35 under 35" in Europe. The new MAS ETH in Preservation and Construction History is being offered by Prof. Silke Langenberg. Last but not least: The NCCR DFAB is one of the supporting organisers of the Swiss Robotics Day 2023. The event will take place on 3 November at Stage One in Oerlikon. More info will follow after the summer break.

We wish everyone a lovely time, cool vacations, and look forward to contact again at the start of the new semester. May we all return with recharged batteries, new motivations and energy for the labs, on the construction site and in the offices!
Content
• Humans and Machines, Hand-in-Hand
• 3D Printing: From Quarry Waste to Slab
• New Home for MESH
• Robotics on the Rise
• Events
 
 
 
Humans and Machines Hand in Hand
Humans and Machines, Hand-in-Hand
NCCR DFAB alumna, Professor Stefana Parascho is a new professor at EPF Lausanne and is responsible for the Lab for Creative Computation (CRCL). In her work she advocates for rethinking classical automation by investigating human-machine collaboration. To better engage with rapidly changing technologies, Prof. Parascho proposes that researchers develop cooperative robotic procedures and programming to better engage with end users in technologic processes.
 
Read the Interview
 
 
 
 
 
Researchers Pietro and Francesco on the printed slab on site in the Ticino quarry in front of the mobile 3D printer.
3D Printing: From Quarry Waste to Slab
Researchers from the NCCR DFAB have developed a 3D printing process that uses stone quarry waste as a printing material. The project includes the design and development of hardware, software and material integration to create a versatile and transportable printing unit that has a printed output similar to carved stone. Could printing with this byproduct be an answer to material waste in the construction industry?
 
More about 3D Printing with Marble Waste
 
 
 
 
 
The MESH Factory in Birr, Switzerland
New Home for MESH
The NCCR DFAB spin-off MESH recently moved to a new facility in Birr, Switzerland, marking a significant milestone in their growth. The new location offers ample space to up-scale their production facilities, enabling the industrialised fabrication of 3D steel mesh elements in a new robotic construction factory.
 
See Impressions of the MESH Factory
 
 
 
 
 
Prof. Marco Hutter and researcher Maria Vittoria Minniti with a robot
Robotics on the Rise
Is Zurich the Silicon Valley of robotics? Marco Hutter, Professor for Robotics, spoke in conversation with the ETH Foundation about where robotics will lead in the future. Marco's answer takes us further afield: "I would love to see our technology used on the moon or Mars, but whether on Earth or in space, there is huge potential."
 
Read the Interview
 
 
 
 
 
Events
13.09.2023 - 15.09.2023
 
14.09.2023 - 16.09.2023
 
03.09.2023
 
 
 
 
 
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