"Thallus" has been accepted to be presented at Rob|Arch 2018 (robarch2018.org) through the Rob|Arch 2018 Call for Videos.
latin: stalk branch (referring to formal base mesh silhouette)
Premium Polyactide Plastic [PLA]
Formfutura Frosty White
using robotic additive manufacture
Overview & Context:
Through the investigation of form and pattern obtained by employing state-of-the-art manufacturing and computational methods, Thallus celebrates the disciples of art, architecture, and fashion. Forged by automated additive manufacture as well as hot-wire cutting technology, the sculpture expresses the ongoing research in robotic assisted design carried out by ZHA CoDe and is a tangible demonstration of what can now be achieved in terms of mechanisation and customisation in the AEC industry.
The sculpture is informed by the concept of Ruled Surfaces; a class of surfaces that are generated by the movement of a straight line in space around a given axis. The principles of Ruled Surfaces are applied in the fabrication process of the piece; the shape is tailored to a trimmed twisted cylinder in order to facilitate the use of hot-wire cutting technology to produce the moulds for downstream additive manufacture.
Thallus continues ZHA’s investigation in biological models and physiological processes to generate geometry through computation. The design explores differential growth and space-filling methods through expansion and diffusion arising from a single, continuous, seed curve guided iteratively via simulation parameters to approximately one kilometre in length while constrained to a reference surface. Density gradation and directionality of growth are defined by parameters such as proximity to boundary and direction of rulings.
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Company / University:
Zaha Hadid Design
Salone del Mobile 2017
White Cities, organised by Oikos
Pinacoteca di Brera