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Digital Design - Module 02 Semester 1, 2018 Yiming Ren(Johnson) (900760) Xiaoran - studio 8

Week Three

Reading: Kolerevic B. 2003. Architecture in the Digital Age

Kolerevic described three fundamental type of fabrication techniques in the reading. Outline the three techniques and discuss the potential of Computer Numeric Controlled fabrication with parametric modelling. (150 words max)

Three types of fabrication is Two-dimensional fabrication, Subtractive fabrication and additive fabrication. The Computer Numeric Controlled fabrication (CNC) can be potentially used for creating zero mistake digital fabrication making, with some pre-set parametre data input, the modelling process can be very effective and precies as well.


Week Three

Surface Creation

For scripting my surface, I tend to use a more stable stracture instead of some twisted structures, when iterating this process, I found it really intristing to manipulate data and control it until I get a satisfied surface set.


Week Four Panels & Waffle

For 2D panel, I use this hollow-out type of structure to create a transparent feeling; For 3D panel, I tend to create depth through each cut on top of each little triangles.

The waffle structure is based on the shape of many skyscrapers which has this similar shape and a open space in the middle.


Week Four

Laser Cutting

When doing the lasing cutting file, it is really important to make good lay-out style, not only does it reduce the cost, but also clear when you are actually making the model.


Week Five

Think this model more like a pavilion, we have entracne at right bottom, and windows on top of the curve shape. A more clear explaination is given at the next section. Throughout the iterating process, it is very important to keep the boolean value in a certain range, otherwise it would result in ugly look model.


Week Five


This model is based on segment cuts of many spheres within a 150x150 cube. The model itself can be seen as a pavilion, we have entracne and windows to create interactions between inner and outer space. My model is like a certain type of architecture with many ways of shpwing depth of the model. The very thin part of this model like illustrated on the keft hand side create an atomsphere of light partially going through and cast shadows on the other side of the wall. At the bottom right hand side, a hollow-cut shape create depth between inner space and outer space. These features together create porosity and permeability of my model.

Very thin here, imagine this place as a window in pavilion, try to let the light go through here to create thresholds

Create a transition between inner space and outer space, like an entrance to a pavilion


Week Six Task 01

Task 01 Matrix I made the mathix based on mainly point attractor, the reason I did that was to show how I understand task one model as a building instead of just a model, because in an actual building, there must be spaces and interaction places where people can come across, that is why the chosen two surfaces are relatively flat.


Week Six Task 02

Task 02 Matrix In task two matrix, I mainly did these based on curve attractor, the reason I did that was to show the variation of the design process and how the depth of my model improves during this process.


Week Six

Final Isometric Views




Originally I was using Pic 1 for my surfaces, then I found that these two surfaces are too curvy for my design concept, so I switch to the two surfaces in Pic 2

Laser cutting printing file with waffle structure already built

Pic 1

Final 3D panel model

Pic 2


Appendix Process

Final 2D panel of my task one model

Final 2D panel on waffle structure




The un-booleaned version of task 2 model.

This is the final model of task two, the figures in the photo shows the scale of this model when it can finally built into a pavilion.


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