The newly formed Robotic Fabrication Lab (RFAB) at CAED is investigating the emerging role of robotic fabrication devices in the future of the built environment. Currently located in the MACC Annex, the lab features a six-axis robotic arm and several 3D printers. The intent is to establish an internationally recognized hub for research and experimentation in robotic fabrication in architecture, and to serve as a meeting point for researchers at KSU, professionals in architecture and design, and local industry partners who can benefit from this line of research. Over the next couple of years, RFAB will be fabricating several full scale structures that will be 3D printed in various materials and techniques. These structures will be used to test the feasibility of 3D printing as a alternative method for fabricating buildings.
RFAB was founded by and is being led by Assistant Professor Brian Peters. Prior to joining the CAED in 2013, he helped initiate several projects investigating the role of 3D printing at the scale of architecture, including the 3D Print Canal House (Amsterdam, Netherlands) as well a project called Building Bytes (3D printed ceramic bricks). Most recently, he was awarded the Farris Family Innovation Fellowship, which will be used to further his research at Kent State.
RFAB has several corporate partners including: HAPCO Inc., BAK Thermoplastic Welding Technology and Dohle Extrusions.