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Digital Construction of Bamboo Architecture Based on Multi-Technology Cooperation: Constructing a New Parameterized Digital Construction Workflow of Bamboo Architecture From Traditional Bamboo Construction Technology

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Robotic Fabrication Techniques for Material of Unknown Geometry
  • P Devadass
  • F Dailami
  • Z Mollica
  • M Self
Devadass, P., Dailami, F., Mollica, Z. & Self, M.(2016). Robotic Fabrication Techniques for Material of Unknown Geometry. In (pp. 206-213).