Creating Folded Cladding Systems with the HoloLens

ARchipelago is a steel structure created using a fabrication workflow that combines CNC cutting and robotic rod bending with hand-formed sheet metal cladding and holographic assembly.

The project was supervised by Matias del Campo and designed by Lucas Denit, Mike Foster, Hana Nguyensky and Misri Patel at the Taubman College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Michigan.

The students were interested in developing a design to manufacturing process that enabled the fabricator to have as much input as possible during assembly in order to overcome slight variations in parts and flexible joint systems. Augmented reality models were used to test design iterations, guide fabricators during folding with a brake press and create step by step assembly instructions. The team could align parts with a holographic representation and then take weld them in place, reducing the need for drawings and jigs during assembly.

Mike and Hana joined our workshop in Mexico City where they lent a huge hand in our experimentation with ad-hoc systems of timber design and fabrication and picked up the basics of working with Fologram.

Mathias plans to jump up to pavilion scale this semester, stay tuned.

Check out Mike’s video of the project below: