AMS 3D Building Fieldlab

Building bridges from science to practice

Building bridges from science to practice: Augmenting Digital Manufacturing from a Human-Centered Design Perspective.
Computational design and robotic labor are ever too often perceived as completely autonomous processes, whereas we believe the engagement of people is key in improving society. The human-in-the-loop during design, manufacturing, and use will be the main focus in this lab, co-founded by MX3D, the Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute) and TU Delft. Located on the MX3D premises in Amsterdam, the aim of the 3D Building Fieldlab is to accumulate and experiment with digital fabrication and robotics for the built environment, with a particular focus on human centered design. To face this, we also need to address key challenges on robotics, 3D modeling, and metallurgic engineering.

This research is framed in a novel interdisciplinary format in which designers, engineers, and scientists jointly develop & test solutions. As such, the 3D Building Fieldlab is indeed bridging scientific knowledge with the ambitious challenges that are expressed by MX3D. We will host student groups, ranging from academic institutes to vocational training.  A permanent Embedded Scientist will focus on the academic agenda in line with the production process of MX3D. The FieldLab’s Principal Investigator will make an effort to include innovative science of relevant research disciplines.

Topics for the initial year in the 3D Building FieldLab include:

  • Novel design principles through robotics & 3D modeling, to be compiled in a digital design repository.
  • Development and testing of agile, iterative development methods (as opposed to the traditional product development processes). Although there is a process known to , we still need to Results of this will be presented during a symposium, planned in the second half of 2016.
  • Life cycle analysis and benchmarking methods of Wire & Arc Additive Manufacturing, to be published in scientific articles.

Project duration
June 2015 – June 2017

AMS Institute, MX3D, TU Delft

Project leader
Jouke Verlinden, assistant professor Augmented  Matter in Context, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft, Research associate of the Delft Robotics Institute and project leader at AMS Institute.

(Dutch spoken) NPO Kunstuur on 3D printing (various examples, including MX3D)

news item

Anne C.M. Bekker, Jouke C. Verlinden, Life cycle assessment of wire + arc additive manufacturing compared to green sand casting and CNC milling in stainless steel, Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 177, 2018, Pages 438-447, ISSN 0959-6526. >>Go to article

Anne C.M. Bekker, , Jouke C. Verlinden, and Giorgia Galimberti. “Challenges in assessing the sustainability of wire+ arc additive manufacturing for large structures.” Proceedings of the Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium. 2016. >>Go to article