When robots make art
From unique creation to industrially manufactured designer piece
12 December 2013
The works of art by acclaimed Israeli industrial designer and artist Yaron Elyasi can now be produced by a KUKA robot: what was once a one-off creation now forms the basis for industrially manufactured designer objects. For Elyasi, it’s a dream come true: “Robot-based automation enables the consistent production of multiple units, whereas manual methods previously only allowed individual items to be made.”
In addition, the customer can bring his own conceptions to the design of the objects, which then bear his mark and yet are fabricated in a precise manner. This novel method of art production recently made its debut at the KUKA Roboter GmbH booth at K 2013 in Düsseldorf.
The flexible 6-axis robots of the KUKA KR AGILUS series used here are compact and thus space-saving; they are among the fastest and most reliable of their class – and they meet all of the artist’s requirements for automated production. The single-screw extruder (type ME B 30/4 with 30 mm screw diameter) was supplied by IDE.