The Robotic Fabrication Lab (RFL) is hosted at the Department of Architecture at the American University in Cairo (AUC), Cairo, Egypt. The lab was officially launched in February 2022. The lab contains a 6-axes ABB Robotic Arm (IRB 6700 – 175/3.05) adapted for large-scale 3D printing and robotic material deposition, with multiple tool heads for extrusion, milling and gripping, with minimum effective volume of depositing (1.5mx1.5mx1.5m) and capacity to extrude primary clay and plastics. Other parts installed in the lab include an industrial robot controller (IRC 5), pedestal, clay and ceramic extruder, clay tank (5.0L), 3D printer head and plastic extruder (for printing a variety of thermoplastic materials with 80mm/s speed and 10mm3 flow rate), safety fence, and small pneumatic mechanical gripper (to handle objects from 3mm up to 20cm thickness, with rubbery gripping end, and gripping force up to 10kg).
The Robotic Fabrication Lab (RFL) at AUC is officially on the International Map of Robots in the Creative Industry!