As part of Timber in the City Competition and Timber Advanced Synthesis Options Studio, ABB 6 axis robots were used to steam bend timber. 

The following video consists of a prototype of the timber canopy designed for the Timber in the City competition. 

Study Models

Aggregated truss model using cable and steam bent wood

Individual module steam bent and mass produced using robot technology

Individual module steam bent and mass produced using robot technology

Prototype 1 of the steam bent truss used as a self-inforcing loop that provides the structure and stability to the timber

Prototype 1 of the steam bent truss used as a self-inforcing loop that provides the structure and stability to the timber

Joint details of the initial test bent