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Design Robotics 'Mudpit' Presentation with QUT's Design Lab

Design Robotics recently presented their research at an informal gathering, called a Mudpit, to QUT’s Design Lab Research group.
The mission of the Design Lab Research group at QUT is to ‘Change by Design.’ That is, Design research at QUT aims to demonstrate how design can be applied to achieve solutions to broader social, cultural, economic, and environmental problems.
The Design Lab website explains that ‘Design is no longer just the pursuit of creating objects or artefacts. It is a method and a research approach able to drive Australia’s National Innovation agenda. Harnessing this potential, the QUT Design Lab was founded in 2016 to employ bold, fresh, and rigorous design-led research to tackle major societal challenges facing society, industry, community, and the environment. Acting as a hub and home for a diverse team of academics, research students, and industry professionals, the QUT Design Lab supports transdisciplinary collaborations that result in tangible impact and engagement, and which transfer knowledge and technology into beneficial applications for industry and society.’

At the presentation Al Burden, the Design Robotics PhD Candidate, gave a short demonstration with the UR10s at QUT.
The Mudpit is an informal way of sharing research between colleagues to share knowledge and develop opportunities for collaboration.

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Design Workshop with QUT's UR10 Robotic Arms

 The Design Robotics Team hosted a group of students from the University of Queensland’s School of Architecture to work with one of our UR10 Robotic Arms.
The students worked together to design a wall panel using Morpholo Tiles. Designed by Thieri Foulc in 1985, Morpholo tiles are a combination of square tiles which can be arranged in different ways, as a game or a piece of art. In total, there are 240 tiles, containing black and white shapes; the only rules to the game are to match the black edges with black, and white edges against white, which creates numerous possible configurations.
As a method for organising these tiles, a code can be generated using a mathematical formula.
You can see what the Morpholo Tiles looked like below.

Working with a pattern created by the Morpholo Tiles, Students created a three-dimensional version, as a wall panel. This was done by cutting the pattern lines out of foam blocks; where the solid was the white and void cut out, the black. They used the UR10 Robotic arm, with a hot wire cutter attachment, to cut the desired pattern out of each block of foam. These blocks were then assembled into a wall panel, like bricks to create a pattern.
It was a great opportunity to exchange and share out knowledge and practical skills with our colleagues. The outcome of the workshop was successful, and we hope to build on this work to create wall panels, with mass customised components and different materials, for future built environment applications.