New Zealand Institute of Building's Charitable Trust
Start Date: 05 March 2017
End Date: 05 April 2018
Duration: 1 year
Responding to the unprecedented levels of waste production in the building industry this board spectrum research unpacked a range of architectural strategies that work to reduce this waste stream. The resulting design proposal is a modular architectural construction system with integrated reversible jointing configurations, redundant capacity for expansion and details that enable the effective separation of discrete building layers. This proposed assembly specification calls for the mass-standardisation of structural components to promote economically viable material retrieval and resale at the end of a buildings useful life. The research exploited the fabrication potential of CNC routing as a affordable and widely available computer-aided fabrication technology.
3D PRINTING, ROBOTS, DIGITAL FABRICATION, DIGITAL PROGRAMMING
This research aimed to build upon the work in the Robotic Freeform 3D Printing project by taking a more formal approach to the structure, and begin to reimagine how the robotic arm could be programmed to print more freeform structures and steer away from an orthogonal grid. This research would then begin to inform the yearlong project ‘Developing structural algorithms from biomimicry principles for 3d freeform printing’.
The eleven week project focussed on programming and printing small scale structures, with time taken focussing on the scripting of each shape. The 3d extruder prints in one continuous line, resulting in a digital model that must print a shape fully without crossing over paths and a model printed top to bottom.
The output from this project was a base body of work, focussing on shape optimisation and scripting, as well as optimising the workflow by highlighting the optimal temperature, extrude rate and speed for the printed to move at.
Robotic Freeform 3D Printing
Student: Armano Papageorge
VUW School of Design
Start Date: 08 March 2017
End Date: 05 March 2018
Duration: 1 year
3d printing, robots, digital fabrication
This research will demonstrate the potential of freeform 3D printing as a sustainable and efficient alternative building method. It outlines contemporary digital design techniques including computation and simulation tools as a means to define and test this proposed building method including structural optimisation tools to create the most structurally efficient form from additive manufacturing. The computational methods described are then paired with a manufacturing process that includes a 6-axis robotic arm. The final result is a building methodology that supports a computational workflow from design conception to manufacture.
Incremental Sheet Forming
Student: Jordan Cormack, Thomas LeCompte, Sam Saunders, Cameron Smith
Start Date: 06 March 2016
End Date: 01 March 2017
Duration: 1 year
ISF, Robot, Digital Fabrication, Parametric Design
Incremental Sheet Forming was a group project exploring the digital workflow between digital fabrication or manufacturing and parametric design. The project utilised mass customization principles to demonstrate that coupled with parametric software, it is possible to produce bespoke pieces quickly and simply. The result of the research was varied as students were encouraged to produce an independent thesis along with the group project. The first half of the research was a collective project that eventually was split into individual research theses.