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. 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.
Reinhold Krobath, Boris Odehnal, Philipp Hornung,, Karin Santorso, Barbara Ambrosz, Georg Sampl, Emanuel Golob, Sigrid Brell-Cokçan, Johannes Braumann, Baric Cokçan