A complex articulated equilibrium in the form of tridimensional curvature patterns is delineated through the interaction between two divergent material behaviors: On the one hand, the stored elastic energy of stretched textiles. On the other hand, the stiffness of a thermoplastic polymer distributed heterogeneously through 3D printed algorithmically generated patterns. The two material components form a hybrid system with a smooth aesthetic appearance, inherent material efficiency, and structural stability.
The underlying concept behind tension-active structures is to store energy in the textile material before 3D printing and then release that energy to affect the form and function.
Through digital material behavior simulations as well as large scale prototyping the workshop will bridge the gap between digital and physical. It will provide participants with insights into the behavior of tension-active structures.
The workshop will introduce the principles behind tension-active structures in a fabrication-oriented environment. The participants will learn how to digitally simulate the behavior in the Grasshopper, Kangaroo Plug-in. The participants will then fabricate their designs on a large Delta Wasp 3MT 3D printer with a maximum build volume of 1m x 1m x 1m and receive real-world feedback for their designs.
What you will learn:
- Tension-active structures behavior simulation
- Real-world fabric and tension simulations
- 3D printing with a large format Delta Wasp
- Large scale 3D Printing on Stretched Textiles
- Robotic 3D printing designing with Grasshopper
- Physics simulations with Grasshopper
February 29 to March 4, 2020