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Digital Design - Module 02 Semester 1, 2018 Qi Yang

923544 Junhan Foong Studio 13

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)

First type of fabrication techniques is Two Demensinal Fabrication, which is the common fabrication technique that using waterjets, laser beam or plasma-arc to cut material. Second would be the Subtractive Fabrication, it would be different from other two fabrication techniques, the subtractive fabrication form the model by removing the rest of the volumn from a solid. The thrid one is Addictive Fabrication which uisng material to form the structure layer by layer, also it will lessen the waste of material. With the Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) fabrication, designer would be able to using data to explore more within one surface, to create and iterate more accurately.




Week Three Surface Creation

Using the Grasshopper file, which was done in the workshop. Adjusting the number slider of the “item” and “divide” to create and iterate surfaces which are pretty match the ideal surfaces. The surfaces that i iterate was more focus on the how they look when the surfaces were touched, sperated, flat, curving or twisting.


Week Four

Panels & Waffle

The behind concept of designing these panels is “intersect�. So in each surface, the single panel was rotated with 180 degrees, and place it opposite to the original panel to form that each panels were intersect.

Due to the curving, twisting surfaces, the vertical part of the waffle structure was intersect sideling with the horizontal. Also the waffle structure create a open base and shrink as it goes to the top.


Week Four Laser Cutting

First step to do would be transfer the pannels from MESH to NURBS, otherwise it would be able to unroll. Second, should be join the surfaces together, make sure it won’t explore. After unrolled the surfaces, add tabs and dupedge, and then import to the laser cut file. Classifly the lines into the exact layer, which are the “CUT” , “ ETCH”. At the “FODR”, the laser cut that i submitted is reject because the lines were double. So at this time, i paied more attention on it, used make2D to ensure there are no lines overlap.



Week Four Laser Cutting



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Week Five

Within the grasshopper file, by setting up points or curves as the attracting point/curve and adjusting the numeber slider of the “ point attraction” or “curve attraction” to iterate, also using the tools from lunch box to generate.


Week Five Isometric

As adjusting the attractor curve and points, i had iterated four groups of boolean. At the end, the one i choose to 3D print should consist of few features. First would be problem of thickness, as i did not consider it, the first 3D print that i submit was failed because the supporting column was too thin to support the top of the boolean. So, in selecting which iteration, i did avoid the model which has the problem. Second is the size of internal space, as the spheres/pyramids did not overlap whith each other that much compare with the final one at previous groups of boolean, there would be not able to create a large volid inside the solid. As the overlapped spheres, we could see there is a large opening space inside the boolean, and it also created distinct enterances, windows and threshold.


Week Six

Task 01

Task 01 Matrix The matrix is showing surfaces that i created during iteration which contain flat, curving, sperated and twisting surfaces. In addition, it also indicate the location of the attractor points that i placed and the panels that i tried for each surfaces. And the final version that i choose is the no.4 surfaces which two surfaces are twisting toward each other, and combine two different panels which were tried in the pervious two surface. The reason why i choose these surfaces is the panels would be less distored compare with the no.2 and no.3 surfaces, and these two surface would be able to support themseleves to stand when it comes to phiscal model.


As the waffle scaled to 1:50, people would be able to acess the internal space, which inside the waffle. The surfaces which twisting toward to the center would create a shelter for people to rest. Also, when walking through it, the passengers will experience the space getting narrow and become opening again. In the external space, the pyramid panels would also create space for people to rest.


Week Six Task 02

Task 02 Matrix Using the grasshopper file to iterate numbers of design of the boolean, by placing the curves and points as the attractor to change the volume of the internal space, also some tools from the lunch box can be helpful to acheive the ideal model that i want. The final version i choose is the NO.4. when i am trying the first three groups, i was not quite satisflied with the volumn of internal sapce, as the sphere/pyramid inside the cube were not overlap as much as the group 4, so that i go with the no. 4 and develop.


Week Six

Final Isometric Views



Task One Process

1. using grashopper to create surface.

3. design the panels

2. bake the surface in grasshopper.

4. using grasshopper to panelled the surfaces.


Appendix Process

5. unroll panels .

6. import to the fablab laser cut template.

7. build up the waffle structure and panels.

8. takeing photos of the physical model. 16


Task Two Process

1. using grasshopper file to adjust the volumn of the internal space.

2. iteration through process.

3. First version of 3D print.

4. taking photos of the physical model version one. 17

5. iterate another boolean which is match the concept idea

6. after 3D printing, clear the supporting material and take photos

The hole would be let sunshine through and ligten the pavilion

columns were formed where two spheres meet

people would be able to lay against the wall to rest. The overlap spheres created enterances

7. placing the boolean in different position would see different.

Dd module 02 journal template  
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