WF_094 NYC

30 08 2009

Week 3: Surfaces: Students learned to subdivide surfaces along their U and V directions. Excersizes included surface population according to normal’s, parametric trussing and surface paneling.




WF_094 NYC

30 08 2009

Week 2: Vectors and Functions. Students used a closest point function to populate a pointcloud with a series of parametric framing elements.


An example of a parametric framing system.


WF_094 NYC

30 08 2009

This august we held the first workshops factory seminar in North America. It was a 4 week seminar which introduced the potential of scripting as not only a generative tool but as an analysis tool. The seminar was based on rhinoscript, teaching the fundamentals of visual basic, exercising and exploring the rhinoscript library, and practicing through a series of exercises , tutorials and independent investigations.

WF_94 took place in New York from July 22nd to August 12th.  Participants included both students and professionals.
We would like to thank Studios Go for their fantastic facilities and cooperation.


Week 1: Visual Basic Introduction. Students began writing scripts using basic rhinoscript commands in looping and conditional statements.


One of the Introductory exercises– brick stacking, script based on simple rules moving, scaling and rotating objects.


Unusually Rare Events – generative procedure in Processing

27 08 2009

Aleksandra Wasilkowska recently invited Michal Piasecki to collaborate on the exhibition design of “Unusually Rare Events”. The exhibition is on display in Warsaw’s Centre of Contemporary Arts (CSW) from 10th of August untill 20th of September. The generative procedure of distribution of 6 000 concrete components was written in Processing. You can read more about this design on Michal’s blog.



WF_092: 17th – 21st of August in Warsaw

24 08 2009

WF_092 was a workshop about parametric modeling and digital fabrication which took place from 17th till 21th of August 2009 in Warsaw. We would kindly like to thank Bentley Systems and for their valuable help in organizing it. Our parametric tool was Generative Components and digital fabrication tool was a 2d water jet.

17th of August begun with a general introduction to computational design: from computational forms to the potential of artificial intelligence in design. An introduction to computational design tools such as parametric modeling, scripting and programming followed.We have spent the rest of the day on type-along GC tutorials.

18th of August begun with an introduction to computer aided manufacturing. From then on workshop’s participants worked in teams on parametric designs of urban furniture.

A mock-up of one of the designs was manufactured using water-jet and assembled on the 21st of August.

We would like to thanks to all of the participants for their inspiring and hard work.

Below is a video screen capture of the manufactured model in GC and a couple of images of the final piece:
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Water jet cutter in action:

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Assembly of the final piece at the digital manufacturing facility:

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WF_092 is currently taking place

20 08 2009

We are currently tutoring WF_092 – a Generative Components and digital fabrication workshop in Warsaw. It is organized in collaboration with Bentley Systems and The workshop begun on 17th on August. We have spent four days on modeling and scripting in GC at the premises of Bentley Systems’ division in Poland. Tomorrow we are visiting the water jet fabrication facility in order to cut out and assemble urban furniture designed by workshop’s participants


photo: courtesy of Krzysztof Sołoducha

Parametric Table Fabricated

9 08 2009

Here are some photos of the first prototype of the table. All the elements of the table were fabricated from one sheet of 18mm thick playwood. They were cut using water jet technology which does not interfere with the material’s inherent structure, as there is no “heat-affected zone”. This tool cuts using a mixture of water with an abrasive substance at high velocity and pressure. This gives a possibility to cut intricate and small elements which could already become final parts.

Stół 01

Stół 02

Photos: Krystian Kwiecinski + Patrycja Soltan

Photograph assistant: Bartek Swiderski

Parametric Table

2 08 2009

The aim of the project was to design a table, which could easily be mass customized. To do that I decided that the whole table will be produced from one flat sheet  of material using  only one digital fabrication technique. Streamlining the process, I decided to use water jet technology for efficient fabrication, which also works with wood-like materials and doesn’t require postproduction finishing.

The whole project is done as a parametric definition in Grasshopper. At the end when all the details were embedded it turned out to be quite messy. As this is still a first version approaching to be prototyped I intend to modify and clean it up later on.

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