PhD Summer School
02920 Surface rationalization for hot-blade cutting in architecture
19-23 June 2017


Robotic Hot Blade cutting is a new method for fast production of architectural formwork, allowing low cost construction of curved concrete buildings. The technology is currently under development by a Danish robotics company Odico. Methods for surface rationalization and design for hot blade cutting have been developed at DTU Compute, in collaboration with Odico and Architecutral firm 3XN/GXN, currently in a project funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark.

In this summer school we will cover some of the theory and methods that we have developed for this purpose, including designing with, and approximating by elastic curves, which are the mathematical model for the shape of the hot blade. A robotic hot-blade cutting cell will be provided for the summer school by Odico, and this will allow the accuracy of the mathematical models involved to be tested by making test cuts, and comparing laser measurements of the physical results with the CAD models.

Course Details

See the Course description in DTU course catalogue.

Sign up information for non-DTU participants

Note: there are no tuition fees for PhD students, regardless of home university.

After May 15th, please sign up directly with the instructors by writing to:
Then fill out the form: Registration form for guest PhD students (free of charge) and tick the box "I have signed up for the course with the teacher."

Here is the programme for the summer school (subject to minor changes).

DTU Compute
Technical University of Denmark
Building 303B
2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Contact: Dorthe Thøgersen, Ph: +45 45253038

Summer School Organizers

David Brander
Andreas Bærentzen
Jens Gravesen