All posts in Fabrication
We enjoy sharing the research and ideas we’re exploring on this blog, but we’ve been trying to find other opportunities to share the things we’re interested in, especially with people who are not necessarily computational designers. Early in the summer, we approached the committee in charge of the Seattle Design Festival and asked if we could contribute something to the September event, though at the time we weren’t quite sure what that something was. After a few months of brainstorming, painting, cutting, and hammering we were able to successfully install our Octahedron Pavilion in Pioneer Square for the weekend. It was a great event and the weather cooperated for the most part.
We’re currently assisting David T. Bradley at Vassar College with his research into acoustic scattering and will be sharing some of the process and results of that research here on our blog. This collaboration came about after David saw some of the visualizations (1,2) we were producing in an effort for us to better understand how diffusive geometry might perform by simulating the behavior of sound with ray-tracing.
As we continue our research on interactive physical systems, we’re developing tools to speed up the process for fabrication. And as our designs increase in complexity, they’ll require an increasing […]
We’re continuing progress with Dassault Systèmes on implementing Catia into architectural process. Our first course of study aims at the Grasshopper/Catia workflow, and since our previous post, we’ve delved into Knowledgeware, the scripting platform for Catia.
We made a visit to SF for the 2013 KA Connect conference and managed to stop by Kreysler & Associates, and PATH while we were there.
A common part of fabrication is labeling the parts to make assembling easier, but typical TrueType fonts generally aren’t ideal for fabrication. After looking into them a little, we discovered […]
We’ve started exploring ways of casting some of the pieces that we previously showed in the post on Acoustic Reflection Patterns and thought we’d share what’s been done so far. The diffusive […]
The mockup for the Lobby Feature Wall of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is under construction. This post shares some images and a bit about the process that got us to this point.
Space frames are an amazing type of structural system, but they’re often composed of hundreds or thousands of parts. We’re exploring a version of a space frame structure that has a drastically reduced number of pieces that are constructed with a minimal amount of material waste. The hope is that we can find more use for space frames besides long span structures.
Recently, we’ve been having discussions about the effort that goes into making the formwork for casting an object and how wasteful that mold making process can be depending on the amount of shaping that is desired. This is one in a series of posts where we’ll be looking at how an early focus on the fabrication process can influence the design of a object or system and the potentials that might arise from this approach to design.