Over the span of the Digital Fabrication course, we actively explored and examined the possibilities and constraints inherent in the three fabrication methodologies concerning both design and manufacturing. Throughout this process, we conducted experiments involving various materials and machines, employing CNC Milling, Laser Cutting, and 3D Printing techniques. Our aim was to gain a comprehensive understanding of the capabilities and limitations offered by these fabrication methods.

Laser Cutting

The design concept draws inspiration from arrays of unidirectional elements, similar to the structural organization found in vertebrate bone systems. The approach involves three distinct types of elements: a primary structure functioning as “spines,” secondary “rib” elements affixed to it, and a pliable folded “skin” surface that spans between the structural components.

Three distinct materials were employed to investigate the characteristics and tolerances of the different materials. The foundational spines shaping the structure’s skeleton are cut from plywood, the ribs from acrylic, and the outer skin from polypropylene sheet.

Kerfing technique was applied to the skin to facilitate bending and conformity to the different elevations of the ribs.

Intended Use of the design: Interior Partition

3D Printing

The design concept revolves around combining modular elements to craft unique and interconnected patterns, fostering a vertical garden facade.

The inspiration stems from lattice structures, which are subsequently perforated to facilitate air circulation and admit natural light. Certain openings within the lattice serve as containers for terracotta pots, housing the planted greenery. A modular unit was designed to rotate in four distinct directions, enabling the formation of diverse compositions.

For the prototype, we devised a joinery system between modules, employing X-shaped interconnections. The module structure is subsequently linked to two sticks inserted into the wooden frame.

Intended use as modular green facade

CNC Milling

The concept drew inspiration from dynamic curves influenced by the energy and vibrations of sound.

Fabrication process

Intended use: background for a bar