Tutored by Ricardo Mayor
The 3D Printing Machine produces high accuracy parts from Rhino or CAD with a high level of automation.
As an additive manufacturing technology, the 3D printer allows for much more freedom in the forms it can create. Through the layering of filament the 3D printer can create complex forms although time consuming.
The exploration was restricted to a two hour slot and a hexagonal module of 360x180mm.
We developed a tile by exploring a voronoi structure that could have different heights, depths, and areas all through a grasshopper script. We imagined the script being tailored depending on weather and lighting needs for a facade.
“With 3D printing we can actually create structures that are intricate than any other manufacturing technology or, in fact are impossible to build in any way or other.”
- Curving and flower geometry
- Experimenting and creating a new perspective to spanish tiles
- Using light, 3D elements, and transparency to create a dynamic tile.
PRODUCTION FILE + TIME AND MATERIAL DATA
Technique: 3D PRINTING
Working Parameters: 0.29 Layer thickness & Rafted
Allotted Cutting time: 8h
Cutting time: 7h 10min
Tutored fabrication with Ricardo Mayor Luque
Laser cutting is a technology that works by directing a high-power laser at materials,cutting them and leaving behind edges with a high-quality surface finish. Similar to CNC milling it is considered a subtractive technology, however it is restricted to just 2 axes. With that in mind, it relies on the discretization of complex shapes into flat developable surfaces and requires users to adapt their design strategies accordingly.
Our assignment was to design a spatial joint with different input angles while exploring different techniques such as interlocking, stacking, bending and in our case waffling. The goal for our design was to design an element which could be freely adapted to different situations through the use of parametric design principles and aided by the waffle structure’s rigidity.
- Double curve waffle joint
- Assembled by interlocking pieces
- Creates a structural interlocking waffle joint
- Allows for flexibility and modularity for timber elements
Cutting time: 7h 10min
Laser-Cutting-oriented Design for 3D connections