Thursday, May 20, 2021

Syntactic Elements V1.0 Webinar by DesignMorphine (June 26, 2021)

June 26, 2021

Syntactic Elements V1.0 will explore a direct mesh-to-fabrication workflow through mesh strip element discretization with Grasshopper. This technique is suitable for multiple scales of installations and materials ranging from paper to metal plating. 

In this course, we will adapt mesh form-finding techniques using Kangaroo to site-specific considerations. We will then deconstruct the resultant mesh into triangle strips using Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) to ensure various design goals. The proposed workflow can rationalize doubly-curved geometries and forms that resist quad panel planarization. Using parallel data streams to reference relationships between parts and the whole, we will develop a labeling system that doubles as an assembly ruleset and apply it to the fabrication data. Students will be able to export their results in color-coded, optimally packed curves suitable for laser cutting or similar processes. 

Ultimately, students will learn how to design, optimize, rationalize, and document parts that can be laser cut to construct a real-world structural whole that can be easily assembled for quick and efficient fabrication.

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