"Design & Build 2018" has been accepted to be presented at Rob|Arch 2018 (robarch2018.org) through the Rob|Arch 2018 Call for Videos.
Design & Build is EmTech’s 'extracurricular' collaborative student project, and is an essential part of the pedagogy and culture of EmTech. It provides opportunities to design and deliver a built project with real material, structural, fabrication and assembly constraints. The experience gained enhances the design and computational skills of students, and it develops crucial transferrable skills that are applicable to professional practice.
EmTech Design & Build 2017-18 addresses the themes of generative design, material computation, large-scale fabrication and assembly technologies by incorporating 2 research fields, Curved Folding and Robotic Incremental Sheet Forming of sheet metal panels. The design, development, and construction of a large-scale prototype made of complex panels of sheet metal in the outdoor area of AA serves as the design goal. Global geometry panelisation is implemented through a multiple-criteria Evolutionary Algorithm to establish an equal subdivision approximation of the initial geometry. The mathematical principles of Curved Folding are applied on the global geometry subdivisions. An initial Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of the global geometry serves as input to calculate the component depths of the curved-folded elements. Iterative FEA of the component assembly defines areas where Incremental Sheet Forming needs to be applied to the curved folded elements. Selected panels are then formed with Robotic Incremental Sheet Forming to enhance the structure’s behavior to wind loads. The system’s joints are geometrically unique and are fabricated with resin-casting inside 3d-printed shells. The first iteration of the final prototype has been designed, fabricated, and assembled for AA Projects Review Exhibition 2018.
Dr. M. Weinstock, Dr. E. Erdine, Dr. G. Jeronimidis, Dr. L. Badarnah, A. Koronaki, A. Sungur
S.Akar, A. R. Chaudhary, B. L. Dillon, M. Escallon, T. Long Fu, N. D. S. Grewal, A. Hramyka, K. M. Kilcioglu, C. C. Matiz, H. B. McMenomy, E. Ostrogradskaya, E. Riederer, R. S. R. Diaz, M. R. R. Martin, A. N. Suryavanshi, Y. Zhai
AA Digital Prototyping Lab (DPL)
Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture
Emergent Technologies & Design (EmTech) Graduate Programme