Robotic Woodcraft - towards the craftsmanship of the future

Robotic fabrication allows creative users to return to taking full control of the fabrication and to provide local products, thus reducing emissions as well as “brain drain”, when important fabrication knowledge has to be handed over to external partners. Similarly, by offering customizable products, small and medium sized enterprises can differentiate themselves from larger, multinational companies who lack the flexibility to respond to the end-user’s individual requirements. The process also responds to the current lack of skilled labor, with the robot enabling craftsmen to put their material knowledge into customized robotic processes, thus multiplying their output capacity. On the other hand, the use of robots and machines shows that craftsmanship is also relevant in a modern, technology-heavy society and will ideally encourage youths to work in these fields in larger numbers.

MitautorInnen: Boris Odehnal, Philipp Hornung,, Karin Santorso, Barbara Ambrosz, Georg Sampl, Emanuel Golob, Sigrid Brell-Cokçan, Johannes Braumann, Baric Cokçan
Verlag: Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
Sprache: Englisch
Making robots accessible to the creative industry is of significant relevance to European countries, as it serves as an important counterpoint to the ongoing trend of outsourcing fabrication to low-wage countries.