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Open Access RAF: a framework for symbiotic agencies in roboticaided fabrication.

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The research presented in this article utilizes industrial robotic arms and new material technologies to model and explore a conceptual framework for 'robotic-aided fabrication' based on material formation processes, collaboration, and feedback loops. Robotic-aided fabrication as a performative design process needs to develop and demonstrate itself through projects that operate at a discrete level, emphasizing the role of the different agents and prioritizing their relationships over their autonomy. It encourages a process where the robot, human and material are not simply operational entities but a related whole. In the pre-actual state of this agenda, the definition and understanding of agencies and the inventory of their relations are more relevant than their implementation. The process starts with a description of the different agencies and their potentiality before any relation is formed. Once the contributions of each agent are understood, they start to form relations with different degrees of autonomy. A feedback loop is introduced to create negotiation opportunities that can result in a rich and complex design process. The article concludes with speculation on the advantages and possible limitations of semi-organic design methods through the emergence of patterns of interaction between the material, machine and designer resulting in new vistas towards how design is conceived, developed, and realised.

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Keywords: AGENCY; COLLABORATION; DIGITAL DESIGN; HUMAN-ROBOT INTERACTION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2017

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