The interdisciplinary research team of Robotic Woodcraft consists of researchers and designers of the University of Applied Arts, the Association for Robots in Architecture and the Vienna based designstudio Lucy.D. RANDOMIZED IDENTITIES focuses on the idea of individualization within a production process, rather than a replication of the original prototype. The designers of the Lucy.D developed a digital, generative process that generates an infinite range of surfaces. Taking into account the specifications of parameters like height, diameter, amount and spacing, these digitally generated patterns and the associated process information orchestrate and actuate computer controlled woodworking tools; at the same time seamlessly creating and materializing three dimensional surfaces. The flexibility of present-day robotic machinery allows for a continuous implementation of modifications.

Instead of using industrial robots with the purpose of replacing human labor, we create a digital ecosystem that introduces random factors into machines that are otherwise accurate to the tenths of a millimeter. We show industrial robots as the strong and intuitive tools that they are and open up new areas of wood geometry and human – machine-cooperation beyond industrial file to factory concepts. The RANDOMIZED IDENTITIES‘ peculiarity lies not only in their aesthetic qualities, but in them inherently reflecting the capabilities of contemporary production facilities and conditions. In this sense, they stand for a new form of integrated product and process development and all-together for a new way of thinking design.