Asimov (2010)

The Asimov installation was one of our first experiments with manufacturing by robots and is named after author Isaac Asimov, known for his science fiction stories—especially those about robots. Digitization in general and robots in particular will play an increasingly important role in our society and influence how we produce things. In collaboration with Gregory Epps of Robofold UK, this experiment is a study of how, for example, discarded robots from the automotive industry can be deployed locally to produce different objects on demand. This installation is programmed so that four robots work together to fold a chair from sheet material such as aluminum. On the basis of a digital blueprint this system would then potentially also be able to fold other forms.

(photocredits: JL)