Warsaw Cultural Centre – Urban Scale Model

31 10 2010

The last part of the Warsaw Cultural Centre (WCC)  project was about an urban scale model in 1:1000 scale. Its purpose was to show all crucial relations between the WCC and its direct surrounding. Project site plays important role in the city structure of Warsaw by being transportation and commercial hub. Thus it was necessary to take all this isseus into consideration and measure it by numeric parameters, what was later used for project generation. The picture below presents part of the city,  which would be highly influenced by the project and that is why it was chosen to be finally modelled.


The urban scale model consists of two parts, which vary in terms of its status and a fabrication technique. The first part represents a piece of Warsaw city centre in the form it will look like in the next 3 years, meaning it shows also projects which are now under construction. It was laser cut in many layers and at the end put together.  Warsw Cultural Centre was the second part of the model. The form of the project was created by using 3D printed technique.

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 02

26 02 2010

This lamp is a second project from ‘Parametric Modeling and CAM Technologies’ seminar which was finally fabricated and assembled. The idea of the design proposal was to create a lamp which starts from two double-curved surfaces. For this reason Generative Components scripts takes two double curved surfaces as an input and transforms them into mesh with special cuttings and joints in between. Final form was laser-cut out of 1mm semi-transparent plexiglass.
The project was done by: M.Brzeski, A. Rokicka, M. Rudnicki, D. Pędrakowski, P. Michalak under tutorship of Workshop Factory.

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.

digital fabrication

7 02 2009

Recently we experimented again with the lasercutting techniques. In order to reach spatial continuity and smooth transition, we lasercut transparent plexi-glass skeleton on which we placed white pipes. In that way we created the impression of continous form floating in space.


parametric hat

7 09 2008

“Parametric hat” is done (in a collaboration with Verena  Vogler) in the parametric design class under tutorship of Marta Male-Alemany in Iaac 2008. Our project is about how to customize a hat ; a multifunctional hat which depending on human dimentions and preferences provides wide spectrum of uses; starting from being a tiny decoration expressing human individuality, till the bigger cover that could even create kind of a personal shelter.

The digital model was from the beginning till the end made in a parame

tric software Top Solid, what enabled to adjust it in real time to specific needs of customers. Through the association of files we could controll and change the basic form and components together with laset cut files.

To create a parametric TopSolid model we developed the idea of three elipses which depend on one another in a parametric way. The center of the three elipses is situated on the same axes. The distance between each ellipse is changeable. The middle ellipse has its midpoint fixed to the axes. It refers to the size of the head. The lower ellipse and the upper ellipe can be changed in size and angle. A loft or a contour between and around these elipses generates the final shape of the hat.