Wednesday, February 11, 2009
This is a connection I found online. This system would allow for the same piece to be used for every connection. The straight ribs would need to be routed so the connection would be invisible and flush. The connectors from this company are ment for construction and can be used for heavy loads. Also there is an optional clip that makes it possible to have loads in all directions.
To create this lattice structure we continued with the grasshopper file I used before. By using the sliders we quickly and easily came up with the most efficient number of ribs in both the u and v direction (156 intersections). The main ribs are in the continuous curve shape. We propose that these be cut out of plywood sheets. The blocking in between would be straight segments, probably 2x4's. Each one of these would have to be costume cut to the correct compound angle to fit correctly (this was part of the problem with our physical model).
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The Swissbau Pavilion was built to present the current state of research on «digital production chains» at the ETH Zurich’s CAAD-chair. The spherical dome with its asymmetrically placed openings is assembled from more than 300 individual wooden frames. An interactive growth simulation optimized the structural mesh in accordance to the openings and constructional requirements, following which the 1,200 elements were automatically detailed and prepared for fabrication on a 5-axis router.