Workshop: Freeform fabrication
The students following the cours AAR4863 Digtial Modeling and Fabrication worked four days to experiment with fabrication processes focused on freeform and double curved surfaces
The three groups researched the generation of non-similar parts thorugh either parametric models or experimental paneling software with the purpose of discovering problems in two phases: by examining the digital design process where feedback was based solely on geometry, and later on in the fabrication process where materiality and limitations of fabrication equipment gave a better understanding of the design.
Full scale model
Each group made their own full scale model, measuring approximately 1 by 3 meters, that are now on disply by the faculty entrance on Stripa. The work on the full scale model lead to the discovery of several issues within the design, where expecially the lack of material properties within the digital model became evident. During the fabrication process, the students could develop new elements and solutions to improve their design, but without replacing excisting elements in the design.
The first group worked with a solution which uses material economy when fabricating with CNC machines as a driving factor to generate the design and not the other way around. The second group explored a bi-axial structural system where the parts are generated with notches for each other, thus enabling only the designed surface to emerge in assembly. The third group engaged in paneling system processes looking into variable generation of triangular custom panels on a double curved surface, where the panels individual shape generates the overall shape during assembly.