IN VIRGINIA, STUDENTS USE ROBOTS TO FACE THE CUTTING EDGE

The captive mechanism slowly, however the fellows watched it excitedly.

The robot was several feet tall, had a piece of hot wire attached to the end tool of the arm. A two meter high polystyrene foam column was precisely cut step by step through the wire.

The academics then forcibly separated the block into four elements and reassembled them in an inventive style with waves and edges, resembling something you would see in an art museum.

“All of this has to do with the evolution of technologies,” said Robert Dunay, director of the Virginia Tech Center for Style Analysis.

The students were largely learning architecture, interior design associated environmental design, and therefore the mechanism was the last stage of a learning exercise regarding the evolution of technologies that are ever-changing professions.

The fellows initially started out in a studio by drawing a design by hand, thus captivating the digital package on a computer. They then cut small models out of foam and wood, and the final part was produced with the massive robot cutting foam blocks according to the students’ designs.

“It was impressive to see this done once we had been acting on styles for the last few weeks,” said Miamar Burgos-Rosario, who is learning architecture.

The students gathered with glasses and masks and watched the mechanism cut through the designs. Some students found out through video chat on their classmates’ phones to observe.

AI has been incorporated into various sectors, along with construction and architecture. For example, companies are 3D printing houses, reducing the number of their time and the value it takes to make a house.

“It’s not that widely embedded in the development industry,” said Gabriella Perry, a graduate assistant at the Center for Style Research.

Phillip Becher, who is learning design, said it appears that AI in architecture and construction is perhaps further from getting used on a large scale. He said it is remarkably helpful in letting extra ingenuity and creativity.

Dunay said that people don’t have to be in the robotics arena to feature in architecture or interior design. However, understanding the role of evolving technology can allow fellows to become aware of what is possible once they graduate.