The Project “Mesh Mould: Robotically Fabricated Meshes as Concrete Formwork and Reinforcement” is a result of an ongoing research collaboration between Sika Technology AG and the chair for architecture and digital fabrication at ETH Zurich.

The project "Mesh Mould" explores a unification of the two most labour and cost intensive aspects of concrete construction, the formwork and the reinforcement, into one single robotically fabricated construction system.

Here, an industrial robot is used to spatially “weave” a three-dimensional mesh structure which acts as porous formwork during the process of concrete pouring, and is activated as reinforcement after the concrete has cured.

TEAM: Prof Fabio Gramazio, Prof Matthias Kohler, Norman Hack (project lead), Willi Lauer