‘Parameteric Modeling and CAM technologies’ – seminar at the Warsaw University of Technology

20 02 2010

‘Parametric Modeling and CAM Technologies’ was a seminar run during a master course at the Warsaw University of Technology (WAPW). Its aim was to introduce parametric software and the CNC manufacturing processes to the students. Thus the classes started with the theoretical introduction to computational processes in architecture and Bentley’s Generative Components tutorials. Later on the students were divided into four groups of 3-4 people working separately on their designs. The subject of the studio project was a design of a three dimensional installation in the space of the main staircase at the WAPW building. One of the main objectives of the studio was to fabricate one or two of the installations using a 2-axis milling machine or laser cutter.

GROUP 01 (students: J.Bartos, M. Piotrowska, J.Soltyk, A. Zajkowski)

The idea of the project was to separate certain part of the staircase area from its overall space. Thus the shape of the project starts from a simple rectangle and the gradually offers semi closed space at its lower level. Both global shape of the design and its local components details are parametrically driven by a set of parameters. The project is going to be fabricated (in collaboration with NC.art company) and installed in the main hall of Warsaw University of Technology.

The video presents the process of generating geometry of the project in Bentley’s Genertive Components and the way of controlling specific dimensions by certain parameters.

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GROUP 02 (students: B. Cyruchin, M. Strzala, L. Maleszewski, P. Pachowski)

The concept of the design proposal was to design a lamp, which would follow the shape of the handrail, and would be parametrically controlled by the ammount of light it produces. And so the main curve represents the border of the enlighten area, and then the form adjusts to its requirments. Furthermore all the structural parts are parametrically controlled by a set of sliders.

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GROUP 03 (students: K. Graczuk, L. Wawrzenczyk, M. Szulc)

The design proposes a parametric wall which can work for different types of exhibition (phtotos, architectural projects, drawings, etc). It is driven by a set of parameters like the overall shape of the wall, possible openings in between, sizes of the modules or thickness of the material.

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GROUP 04 (students: A. Rokicka, P. Michalak, M. Brzeski, M. Rudnicki, D. Pedrakowski)

The idea of the project was to create a lamp which starts from two double-curved surfaces. For this reason GC script has been developed as a tool for conversion of two double-curved surfaces in two meshes made of triangles, that are interconnected to ensure stability of construction. Depending on version base geometry may be imported from external file or be generated inside the script. Three different iterations of the project are going to be fabricated in 1:1 scale.

We would like thank to WAPW (Pracownia Projektowania Architektonicznego Wspomaganego Komputerem – Katedra Projektowania Architektonicznego, kierownik katedry: J. Slyk) for their help in organizing the class and to all the students participating in the course for their effort. More information about final results of the seminar will be posted soon.

Prototyping the Interwoven Systems Project

2 02 2010

The main purpose of the ‘Interwoven Systems Project’ was to explore continuous process of computational design, which can be finally materialized by applying CAD/CAM technologies. For this reason, a part of the overall form was chosen for a prototype in 1:25 scale. By doing this prototype we were supposed to test structural and formal aspects of the project, as well as the accuracy of the whole generative procedure, which combines scripting and digital fabrication techniques.

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Rhinoscripting was used here as a generative tool to create digital model of the prototype and later on prepare files for final fabrication. The video presents process of generating structural elements of the prototype based on preliminary geometry of the form taken from Processing application.

Three different digital fabrication techniques were applied to build final prototype. Laser cutting was applied to cut all structural elements and all the possible types of joints.

In the next stage of fabrication CNC milling was used to create wooden molds for some of the facade elements, which later on were vacuum formed out of one milimeter plastic sheets.

Final assembling process of 68 three-dimensional components (272 different faces and 2856 different joints).

More information and images of final prototype will be available soon.
Credits to Marco Verde for help with final fabrication.

Interwoven Systems

31 01 2010

Interwoven Systems was a project done by Agata Kycia and Krzysztof Gornicki under the guidence of dr. Nimish Biloria and ir. Marco Verde at the Hyperbody TU Delft. Its aim was to investigate computational processes in architecture, starting from behavioral simulations, going through generative procedures till digital fabrication. During development of the project, different parametric processes were applied to achieve high complexity of the final form, and allow for its final materialization.

The first part of the studio work was focused on creating real time analysis system, which was working as a form finding machine, giving different outputs based on specific parameters setup. For this purpose Processing application was created as an main computational tool, which allowed us to interact in real-time with generated form and play with multi-agent environment. Swarm intelligence ideas were used here as a theoretical framework, which helped us with dealing with high complexity forms, those that consists of thousands of elements. As the final result of this analysis we received three dimensional pattern representing desired configuration of parameters.

Video presents Processing application, which was finally used in a form finding process. It allows for real-time interaction with the system by seting up different local parameters in specific places of the site.

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Interactive Genetic Algorithm

20 12 2009

This is a research project done  in the Hyperbody studio (TU Delft) under tutorship of MarkDavid Hosale, which explores the subject-matter of aesthetics and creativity in evolutionary design. We created a genetic algorithm for form-finding process, that combines both optimization towards objective fitness function (which in this case is the biggest volume) and optimization towards user’s aesthetic preferences. The user is involved in the evaluation process in different ways; on the first picture choosing 1 of 3 elements in every generation, on the seconed one 2 of 3. The algorithm was written using Rhinoscript.

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/ done by WF’s Agata Kycia together with Aurelie Hiao and Roxana Palfi (thanks to WF’s Krzysztof Gornicki for technical support)

Publication in AWM

11 11 2009

Protospace 4.0 project was published in the November issue of  ‘Architektenweb Magazine’. It is a research project done in the Hyperbody studio at the TU Delft in colaboration with ONL. WF’s Agata Kycia and Krzysztof Gornicki were involed in  3D modelling and writing a generative procedure in rhinoscript. The project is going to be realised in Delft in summer 2010.


Behavioral Analysis System

1 11 2009

This is a research project done under the guidence of dr. Nimish Biloria and ir. Marco Verde within the infomatters msc3 Design Studio at the Hyperbody TU Delft. We constructed a behavioral system that represents the relations between different factors on the site. By changing the values of those factors ( like activity, noise level a.s.o. ) you can interact with the system in real-time. Finally, the configuration of the particles becomes a rough sketch for the skeleton of the project. The research was done in Processing.

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WF started teaching at WAPW

15 10 2009

WF members are now instructing a first year seminar at The Warsaw University of Technology called ” Parametric modeling and CAM technologies ” . With a group of 17 students we are planning to design and fabricate a 1:1 scale installation in the Faculty of Architecture at WAPW during the coming semester

Protospace 3.0 – design proposal/generative procedure

11 09 2009

“ Protospace is a vehicle for transdisciplinary research, education and design in form of a virtually augmented transaction space”(Kas Oosterhuis). In order to design that research laboratory for collaborative design in real-time, we were using a generative procedure that enabled people from different specializations ( styling, manufacturing, structural group, interactive group, MEP group ) to work simultanously on the project and inform each other. A component based methodology that we were using, allowed us to incorporate different functions by controlling parameters of one topology of the component. The components were supposed to be 3D milled pieces of reinforced EPS.

Protopace 3.0 was a design task for msc2 studio at the Hyperbody Research Group/TU Delft. We were responsible for form modelling and creating generative procedure in rhinoscripting




WF is about to teach at WAPW

3 09 2009

Starting from October 2009, workshops factory is going to run a seminar during the master course at the Warsaw University of Technology. The seminar will raise the theme of computing in architecture, being focused on parametric modelling and CAM technologies.The aim of the course will be to fabricate 1:1 scale installation at the faculty of architecture at WAPW.

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 sztuka-architektury.pl 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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