Inés Ariza

New Welds: Adapting Steel with Additive Joining

"New Welds: Adapting Steel with Additive Joining" discusses the transforming landscape of steel fabrication driven by advancements in robotic construction and 3D printing. The talk presents "Adaptive Detailing with In-Place Wire and Arc Additive Manufacturing," an additive joining technique in steel with its respective detailing software pipeline. Focusing on non-planar spatial interfaces, the work centers on adaptive fabrication as a means to handle assembly tolerances and variability in the characteristics of the steel parts at different stages of planning and construction.


The presented work anticipates how the shaping of steel on demand with robotic additive manufacturing will open new dimensions for structural and material performance. However, echoing the historic resistance during the introduction of iron in construction between the 18th and 19th centuries, forming structures drop by drop might soon encounter analogous friction among architects and engineers. "New Welds" aims to contribute to mapping the unfolding challenge of integrating digital manufacturing with traditional architectural methods, inquiring about the approaches and knowledge needed to conceive, prototype, and produce performative structures with additive steel.





Inés Ariza is an architect with a background in robotic construction and a keen interest in revisiting disciplinary architectural methods through the lens of digital technologies. She holds a M.Sc. in Design and Computation from MIT and a Dr. Sc. in Digital Fabrication from ETH Zurich. Her dissertation, "Adaptive Detailing," delves into additive joining in steel and how explicit knowledge can be integrated into computational detailing pipelines. The work was nominated for an ETH Medal for outstanding doctoral theses. As of 2024, Inés Ariza is an R&D Project Lead at MESH and a researcher at Gramazio Kohler Research, developing extended reality interfaces for design and production.

Thursday, June 6