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Interpreting Nature by Digital Tectonic_ Reciprocal Frame Structure and Soft Material Research

“Interpreting Nature by Digital Tectonic” is a thesis research of mine at Tamkang University in 2014, which is series research about applying computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to practice digital tectonics. The study returns to the human scale for investigating the constructability of digital design.

This project aims to investigate the other possible form of reciprocal frame structure by changing the shape and material. Through combining with relatively soft materials and strips, the shell structure is based on the reciprocal frame of bending strips. The strips are generated from computational design and manufactured by laser cutter as planar components. The alternation of bent and tensioned sections increases the structural capacity. In order to distribute the bending moments concentrated on the local points, the locations of connection points between strips should be changed according to the overall form. This change generates 70 individual units to form a lightweight shell structure system which made of polypropylene and 2mm plywood sheets depending on 2 different scales, 1:10 and 1:5.

year: Summer 2014
type: Digital Fabrication  / Material Research course: Thesis Design, Tamkang University
advisor: Chen-Cheng Chen
status: Completed
size: 80cm X 40cm X 30cm, 160cm X 80cm X 60cm

location: Tamsui, New Taipei City, Taiwan

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