Warsaw Cultural Centre – Prototyping Process

30 10 2010

The main purpose of Warsaw Cultural Centre (WCC) project was to prove that computational approach can lead the design till final materialization in a much faster and effective way. Thus part of the WCC form was chosen to be finally fabricated in 1:25 scale. For this purpose scrpit was written in VB Rhino Script to generate all the elements of the project. The construction method was slightly adjusted to the scale of the prototype (some elements would be to small if we use 1:1 scale procedure), however in full scale process it will follow exactly the same logic and the script will need minor changes.

The picture above shows the part chosen for fabrication, including all the elements of the structure and cladding system. The movie below presents a process of generating all these elements by a couple of rhinoscripts. In a first part simple fugures are selected, and then based on their geometry the final form of the prototype is created.

Two CNC techniques were used to create final prototype. Construction beams, floor plates and joints were cut using laser cuting. A seperate script was written to unfold all the surfaces and prepare files for the laser cutting machine. On the other hand cladding panels were formed by using CNC 3 axis milling machine. The prototype, consisting of more then two thousands elements was cut and milled in 74 hours and was assembled in 22 hours.

Project construction method was first developed and tested on Interwoven System Project, which was a graduation research project at the TU Delft in the Hyperbody studio (posted on the website a couple of months ago).





The Interwoven Systems Project – final prototype

1 03 2010

A part of the form of the Interwoven Systems Project (done in the Hyperbody Studio / TU Delft) was chosen for final prototyping in 1:25 scale. The aim of the prototype was to test structural and formal aspects of the project, as well as the accuracy of the  generative procedure, which combines both scripting and digital fabrication techniques.
All the structural beams and joints were laser cut out of 2mm plywood. However facade elements were made following completely different process. First of all we did three dimensional molds  by 3-axis CNC milling, and then based on them we vacuum formed all the cups.

The diagram above shows which part of the final form of the project was chosen for the prototyping. Moreover it visualizes and describes all the elements of the coming prototype. All the pictures below present the final prototype with vacuum formed facade elements.

Because of the fact that we were able to vacuum form just a couple of plastic facade parts, for the rest of the model we fabricated elements by laser cutting 1mm white cardboard.

More information about the Interwoven Systems Project you can here (process of generating elements and fabrication process) and there (form finding simulation and final visualization).





‘Parametric Modeling and CAM Technologies’ – final project 01

24 02 2010

At the end of February one of the projects done during ‘Parametric Modeling and CAM Technologies’ seminar was finally assembled and installed in the main hall of the building of Warsaw University of Technology (WAPW). It is a result of a fall semester master course seminar at the WAPW, which was tutored by Workshops Factory. Fabricated project was designed by J. Bartos, M.Piotrowska, J. Soltyk and A. Zajkowski.

On the 26th February (Friday) at 12.00 at the Warsaw University of Technology / Architecture Faculty (ul. Koszykowa 55, Warsaw) final review of the seminar and projects exhibition will take place. You are welcome to join if You are around.

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Video presents fabrication and assembling process of the project. The overall geometry of the design proposal was designed by using Bentley’s Generative Components, which allows controlling form by a set of parameters.





‘Parametric Modeling and CAM technologies’ – fabrication process

22 02 2010

One of the student projects done during ‘Parametric Modeling and CAM Technologies’ seminar was finally chosen for fabrication in 1:1 scale (group 01: J.Bartos, M.Piotrowska, J. Soltyk, A. Zajkowski). 2 axis CNC milling machine was used to cut all the elements of the design proposal. Because of its lightness and rigidity PCV was chosen as the best material for the manufacturing.

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We would like to thank NC.art for their colaboration in fabrication process.





‘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.





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.

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