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Stratum Networks is a computer aided kinematically driven robot that can be used for rapid prototyping and fabrication. Its most basic logic and methodology are applicable to scale at an architectural level. It is a tool for digital and physically simulated speculation and has been designed for re-adaptaion and indeterminacy.

Delta Robots are a type of Parallel robot. Their use has been standardized in both the automotive industry and in packaging lines. Delta robots have a high level of precision, and a speed that is ideal for a wide range of uses. The triangulation of the three delta arms produce kinematic chains that supply three degrees of freedom, x,y and z. The delta Robot uses parallelograms that restrict the movement of the toolhead. The positioning of all mechanical actuations (motors) are located at the base of the robot which allows for the robot positioning arms to have a small inertia. Delta robots can be made from a relatively small amount of parts and mechanical connections, which makes them ideal for many applications. They are easy to fabricate and have very little weight. With very little math and proportional relationships, delta robots can be programed for many purposes.

Max Sanchez and Taylor Fulton are architecture students at California College of the Arts. This project was based in a studio course called Creative Architecture Machines taught by Jason Kelly Johnson and Michael Shiloh.

Step 1: Structure Parts

STRUCTURE OF STRATUM NETWORKS:
  • 1/4" Birch Plywood for the outside structure of the robot
  • 1/4" & 1/2" Acrylic for the arms and the extruder head
  • 1/8" Machine Screws to hold all of the 3D printed PLA parts together
  • 1/8" Acrylic rods to hold the arms and extruder head together
INSTRUCTIONS:
Each individual part should be laid out in AutoCad or Rhino. Make a separate file for all the different types of material and material thickness used. Then laser cut the materials.
NOTES:
The machine screws work better for holding materials like PLA and Wood together, and the Acrylic rods work well for assembling just the Acrylic pieces together.
<p>It is suitable for industrial use? For example, like this http://turkotomasyon.com/projeler/delta-robot.html</p>
<p>Is it possible to use to use this project for plastic printing ? Which parts in the dxf file are wood and parts that are acrylic ?</p>
Have you heard of a Stuart platform, like this but with 6 axes of freedom (Not very useful for a 3D printer though).
It seems like these styles of 3d printers are becoming very popular, very interesting!
complex,not adapte to general person to make.

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