WF at an Nous gallery exhibition on London Festival of Architecture 2010

24 04 2010

The workshops conducted by Workshops Factory to date will be featured on an exhibition by Nous gallery organized as a part of the London Festival of Architecture 2010. The exhibition aims at presenting a variety of computational design workshops which took place in the last couple of years and the key question is how can workshops contribute to the architectural teaching and the emerging discipline of computational design. The exhibition will open in London’s Shoreditch in June. More info will follow soon.

Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication Workshop in Lima Peru

19 04 2010

ARTificial invited Krystian Kwiecinski to co-tutor together with Luis Odiaga the AW1 which will run from the 19th till the 24th of April in Lima Peru.

The AW1 is one week Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication Workshop organized by ARTificial. It´s open to designers from Latin-America who want to start using Rhinoceros and learn parametric design techniques in Grasshopper. All the tasks are going to be finalized with digital fabrication allowing participants to get familiar with CNC machines. The workshop will start with the series of lectures open to the public.

FEA analysis – plugin. Ansys + Rhino

28 03 2010

Using c# with rhino and FORTRAN with Ansys I was able to create a FEA testing environment within Rhino. This enables the designer to get feedback on the proposed structural system allowing him to make changes during the conceptual phase of a design. This process does is not intended to replace the structural engineer by any means but rather provide information to better the design before ever approaching the engineer. The current plug-in evaluates stress and displacement for lattice structures using tube elements. Surface and solid interfaces are nearly completed and will be posed soon.

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Ansys to Rhino

21 03 2010

This is a screen-shot of a rhinoscript I wrote while attending IaaC. This is a bi-product of the  structural evolution project in my previous post. It allows one to view the results of an FEA test done in Ansys in Rhino. It also lets allows you to 3d print the results in color.

This was the first project I completed using Ansys and Rhino to create an evolutionary structure. I completed this in IaaC last year with Luis Fraguada of LaN

Rhinoscripting Workshop in the Hyperbody Studio at the TU Delft – day03

9 03 2010

In a 3rd day of the workshop we focused on developing computational techniques for digital fabrication. Students were were writing different scripts for unfolding and numbering processes and creating rib-structures out of any possible surface. The purpose of this session was to prepare students for making final prototypes of their msc3 studio design proposals. At the end all the participants could consult their studio project with all the tutors in terms of possible applications of Rhinoscripting.

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We would like to thank TU Delft Hyperbody Studio for inviting us for this workshop (special thanks to dr. Nimish Biloria and Jelle Feringa) .

Rhinoscripting Workshop in the Hyperbody Studio at the TU Delft – day01/day02

5 03 2010

In the beginning of March (01.03.2010-05.03.2010) WF’s Agata Kycia and Krzysztof Gornicki (with Han Feng) tutored a rhinoscripting/grasshopper workshop in the Hyperody Studio at the TU Delft. The workshop was a part of Msc3 master program and its purpose was to introduce generative techniques to the students. Thus during first days we started with a theoretical introduction to parametric/generative design and introduction to Visual Basic syntax. Next we worked on examples of generative processes which can be applied for architecure and design.

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.

‘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 for their colaboration in fabrication process.