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Digital fabrication inspired design: Influence of fabrication parameters on a design process

Guzik, A.; (2009) Digital fabrication inspired design: Influence of fabrication parameters on a design process. Masters thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

The relation between architecture and building technologies has played a vital role in the development of both disciplines throughout the history. The link between the two is also valid in the present times, as the design and production processes are influenced by computational advances. Considering the use of a particular digital fabrication method, this research intends to look into the design-production relation and attempts to answer the question of how the manufacturing parameters can be integrated into the design process to facilitate the design-to-production communication. It is argued that the above is achievable through the application of a simulation-based algorithmic procedures derived from the inherent logic of a fabrication machine's functionality. The above stated was studied through creation of two custom tools facilitating the design process – namely a library for the Processing programming language and a bespoke design procedure - both based on a functionality of the CNC milling machines. Finally, the conclusion is made that broader implementation of custom design procedures with underlying digital fabrication logic has a potential of altering the design process and facilitate the design-to-factory communication.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Digital fabrication inspired design: Influence of fabrication parameters on a design process
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Approved for UCL Eprints by Mr A. Turner, The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies
Keywords: Digital fabrication, design process, optimisation, genetic algorithm, CNC milling, 5 axis milling machine, G-code, path planning, depth buffer, Processing library, PGCode3D
UCL classification: ?? BG ??
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/18986
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