A Bridge Too Far

Authors | Centre for Information Technology and Architecture | CITA
Project Name | A Bridge Too Far
Objective | Developing the modeling workflow, optimization and data management libraries.

A Bridge Too Far takes point of departure in the process of robotic incremental sheet metal forming. The research prototypes and tests methods for multi-scale modeling, for the purpose of informing other scales of design with the material implications of this fabrication process, and demonstrates their application to support bi-directional information flows in the design of a panelised, thin skinned metal structure. Object was responsible for developing a complete, multi-model, multi-scalar workflow with all the accompanying libraries and plugins. The diagram below presents the final modeling approach and the optimization loop.

The multi-scalar modeling lies in the foundation of A Bridge Too Far. Multiple discrete models are connected in a hierarchical object which is able to store and process the data on it’s own. This gives a lot of flexibility with creating and applying new information into the workflow. Every single aspect, from the overall shape to the high resolution fabrication mesh is stored in one place.

Related publications |

Nicholas, P; Zwierzycki, M; Stasiuk, D. & Thomsen, M. (2016) Concepts and Methodologies for Multi-scale Modelling: a Mesh-based Approach for Bi-directional Information Flows. In proceedings of Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture ACADIA 2016, University of Michigan Taubman College, Ann Arbor, Michigan, pp. 308-317

Nicholas, P; Zwierzycki, M; Stasiuk, D. & Thomsen, M. (2016) Adaptive Meshing for Bi-directional Information Flows. In proceedings of Advances in Architectural Geometry 2016, ETH Zurich, pp. 260-273

Nicholas, P. et al. (2017). Adaptive Robotic Fabrication for Conditions of Material Inconsistency: Increasing the Geometric Accuracy of Incrementally Formed Metal Panels. In Menges, A., Sheil, B., Glynn. R., & Skavara M. (Authors), Fabricate 2017 (pp. 114-121). London: UCL Press.

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Acknowledgements | This research has been undertaken as part of the Sapere Aude Advanced Grant research project Complex Modelling, supported by the Danish Council for Independent Research. It has been achieved with the collaboration of Robert Vierlinger at Bollinger + Grohmann consulting engineers, KET at Universität der Kunst, Berlin, SICK Sensor Intelligence Denmark, Monash University Materials Science and Engineering, and the robot command and control software HAL. The project team for Stressed Skins and A Bridge Too Far includes Paul Nicholas, Mateusz Zwierzycki, David Stasiuk, Esben Clausen Nørgaard, Scott Leinweber, Christopher Hutchinson and Riccardo La Magna.