We believe that the whole is more than the sum of its parts and we try to implement this at many levels. We try to combine design strategies, fabrication and material engineering in one continuous workflow. We also happily collaborate with specialists from other fields in order to build up our expertise. We want to merge back design and making by liberating design-to-construction processes of over constrained industrial systems by developing simplified and approachable processes.
We offer educational workshops to universities and private organisations around the topic of robotic rod bending. Check our list of past and future events! We are also happy to collaborate, specially to develop varied design strategies applied to robotic rod bending technology.
We have designed our process from the scratch. We know the workflow, equipment needs, and implementation requirements for a robotic rod bending methods. We have iteratively designed, fabricated and tested numerous robotic tools necessary for this process and we do not mind sharing this knowledge with you. If you are working with ABB 1200 or 4600 robots- you can directly order tools in our store. In other case- we can design the tools according to your needs and the knowledge we have.
We are using using computational design and structural analysis tools that satisfy our needs for explorations and bring answers to sophisticated design needs in the field of non repetitive rod bended structures. We look at the big and small scale- from architecture to product design objects, installations, art pieces for special request, as well as fast prototyping for complex structures and other non-standard requests.
We look closely how metal rods behave and incorporate material constraints into our design process. We tame metal and bring it alive.
We wanted to merge back design and making by liberating design-to-construction processes of over constrained industrial systems. But first, we needed to have a close look at industrial processes of rod bending in order to overcome it by developing simplified solutions with the use of robotic arm. We have designed our process from the scratch. We know the workflow, equipment needs, and implementation requirements for a robotic rod bending methods. We have iteratively designed, fabricated and tested numerous robotic toolheads and bending stations necessary for this process.
We are looking forward for future developments of other processes accompanying rod bending technology. We will soon have a closer look at automated welding and assembling.
Bendilicious develops simplified but versatile robotic automation processes of non standard rod bending for the prototypical purposes in architecture and product design. We are the team that loves to create by bringing steel alive. Up to the limits of imagination.
We incorporate all means of design and production that oscillate between digital bits and constructible atoms, mass customisation and mass production, craftsmanship and automation. Therefore we like robots, but we don’t refuse to work with manual bender too.
THE MEANS- robotically rod bended column
Tallinn Architecture Biennale, Tallinn, EE 2017 , Creative Robotics exhibition, Ars Electronica Center, Linz, AT 2018, Bits, bots and brains, Tetem gallery, Entschede, NL 2018, Czapski Art Foundation, Poznan, PL 2018, poster publication: AAG 2018
collaboration with: Mateusz Zwierzycki ( The Object), support: Adam Mickiewicz Institute
ROBOTIC ROD BENDING FOR STRUCTURALLY OPTIMISED NON STANDARD SPACEFRAMES workshop with ENSA Paris Malaquais 2017
tutoring: Maria Smigielska, hosted by Digital Knowledge ENSA Paris-Malaquais, February 2017, jury: Philippe Morel, Pierre Cutellic, Leslie Ware.
ROBOTIC ROD BENDING FOR INDUSTRIAL DESIGN workshop with FHNW, Basel 2018
tutoring: Maria Smigielska, hosted by Institute Industrial Design , FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel 2018
photo credit: Andre Hoenicke, FHNW
available on researchgate
scientific paper presentation during Design Modelling Symposium conference, Versaille, September 2017
“Application of Machine Learning within the integrative design and fabrication of robotic rod bending processes.”
OPEN LECTURE at INSTITUTE OF MEDIA AND ARCHITECTURE, TU, GRAZ, 2017
Maria Smigielska is an architect and researcher based in Zurich, Switzerland, oscilating between architecture, arts and technology.
Graduated from Architecture department at TU Poznan (Poland, 2009) and the postgraduate program at the chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design at ETH Zurich (Switzerland, 2013).
Balancing between research and the applied world, joined Baierbischofberger Architects, Zurich in 2014 to implement computational design methods and rationalize complex geometries, specially facades of art-oriented buildings, as well as assisted in various innovative academic project of smaller scale (Digital Grotesque, ETH).
Independently explores varied computational design and developes robotic processes for fabrication in order to simplify over constrained industrial systems in architectural production.
Continuously shares professional experience and knowledge through teaching ( ENSA Paris Malaquais 2017, FHNW 2018) exhibiting/presenting during conferences (Tallinn Architecture Bienale 2017, Design Modelling Symposium 2017, Paris, Ars Electronica 2018, ZhDK Zurich, HKB Bern ).
Maria initiated the research of robotic rod bending during her residency at AREA Institute in Paris. Currently the research is being continued at Creative Robotics Lab at the University for Arts and Design, Linz (Austria) with the focus on merging robotic processes with machine learning.
2018.11 Research Design Methods Festival, HKB, Bern
2018.10 ‘Expanding Immersive Design’ conference talk, ZHdK, Zurich
2017.09 ENSA V, Paris, Design Modelling Symposium, ‘Application of Machine Learning Within the Integrative Design and Fabrication of Robotic Rod Bending Processes’
2017.03 TU Graz, Open Lecture at the Institute of Architecture and Media in Graz / link
2017.06 Zurich, maker talk @Fablab Zurich
2017.03 AREA Institute, Paris PLEXUS PARIS #02
12..2018 Czapski Art Foundation, Poznan, PL
09.2018 Bits bots and brains exhibition duo, Tetem gallery, Entschede, NL (curated by Ella Buzo)
05.2018 ‘The Means’ project with Mateusz Zwierzycki, Ars Electronica Center, Creative Robotics exhibition ( curated by Johannes Braumann and Kristina Maurer) / link
05.2018 ‘Proteus’ project, with Pierre Cutellic, Creative Robotics exhibition ( curated by Johannes Braumann and Kristina Maurer) , Ars Electronica Linz / link
10.2017 ‘drawN’ project, DRAWBOT exhibition (curated by Emmanuelle Chiappone-Piriou, Leslie Ware), ART[n+1] gallery Paris / link
09.2017 ‘The Means’ project with Mateusz Zwierzycki, Tallinn Architecture Biennale ( curated by Claudia Pasquero) / link
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