Wednesday, February 10, 2010

digital prefabrication

this is our parametric curtain, developed in the digital prefabrication course, hosted by steffen riegas (UNstudio). The aim of the course was to create a every-day-life product based on a radiolarium structure by ernst haeckel (1834 - 1919) and to experience the whole digital way from design to final 1:1 production.
We did the structure in grasshopper, adjustable parameters are the size of the window, the depth of the curtain, the strength and the position of the attractor point, the material flexibiliy and the influence of gravity.
After baking the base curves we rhinoscripted the identifying, colorcoding and sorting of the curves, the joining and lofting of the surfaces and the unrolling. Before the files were ready to lasercut, we added construction extensions and rebuild the curves to make them smooth. 
The cut elements were assembled with buttons.

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