ROBmade FAÇADES

ROBmade is a type of glued masonry that opens up brand new possibilities in façade and wall design. The new design options allow you to create a structure that is truly 3D through building block rotation, open butt joints, vertically offset elements or formation of horizontal and vertical curves. 

The façade is created via a self-contained and end-to- end digital process that relies on robot technology throughout – from the initial design through to production. In addition, the façade system is KIWA-certified.

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ROBmade

ROBmade – the brand name that stands for prefabricated 3D brick wall and façade elements with horizontal adhesive joints. ROBmade opens up brand new possibilities in the design of walls and façades. It allows you to create a structure that is truly 3D through brick rotation, open butt joints, vertically offset elements or formation of horizontal and vertical curves. ROBmade products are created via a self-contained and end-to- end digital process that relies on robot technology throughout – from the initial design through to production.

ROBmade products

Our state-of- the-art adhesive technology means that you can create wall elements with any architectural theme.

By opening up butt joints and rotating individual clinker bricks, the appearance of classic brick wall elements can be completely transformed.

Rotate the bricks a little and generate any pattern you like. We combine our robot-based production process with architectural design software to produce highly original wall and façade elements that can be made from various materials.

BrickDesign

To tap the full potential of robot-based production, design software is an absolute must. The newly developed BrickDesign software is a plug-in for Rhino 5.0 that offers tremendous flexibility when planning and designing ROBmade products.Here are a few examples of the designs that can be achieved:

façade design with BrickDesign software

Users/architects looking for a digital design tool need look no further than BrickDesign, a plug-in for RHINO. The associated programming and robotics are handled by our partners at ROB Technologies AG.

Software cost:                                             

- Free test version for up to 10,000 blocks

- Full version subject to a licence fee

Download: www.food4rhino.com/project/brickdesign

Façade engineering: Fastening concept

We have developed our very own fastening and transport system for placement of the wall elements in the façade.

- The vertical loads are borne by the in-situ concrete base; however, inox A4 bracing is also possible.

 - Horizontal loads: The elements are anchored to the rear of the load-bearing structure, usually using four horizontal anchors per element. A patent application has been filed for the horizontal fastenings.

Each object is calculated and dimensioned individually by our engineers.

Brick requirements

The clinker bricks used must satisfy the following requirements:
- Minimum structural properties
- Average compressive strength 40 N/mm2
- Min. tensile strength (tensile, bending, lateral) 10 N/mm2
- Min. adhesive tensile strength 6 N/mm2
- Frost resistance F2

Possible building block dimensions within the following range:
- Length 120-300 mm
- Width 90-140 mm
- Height 30-90 mm

Required dimensional accuracy for clinker bricks

Required tolerances for clinker bricks in ROBmade façades:
- Specified height: H = + 1.0 mm
- Planarity: E = 0.5 mm
- Perpendicularity: T = 1.0 mm
- Parallelism: P = 0.3 mm

Element dimensions

Currently applicable maximum dimensions for a prefabricated ROBmade element:
- Length 4.00 m
- Width 0.10 m-1.30 m (max. horizontal curves)
- Height 2.80 m

If curved shapes are required, the production, storage and assembly requirements must be considered on a case-by- case basis and tested for feasibility.

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