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Genetic Stair – A Generative Design Project

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A refreshing  projects using generative design where the process of design and fabrication is documented and available.  Too many projects make unsubstantiated claims on the use of generative design –  which could mean anything from exploring a few options in 3D CAD to tweaking some design parameters. A complete video describing the whole process of design and building and the genetic stair  is available in face book.

This is an interesting undertaking by Caliper Studio.  It’s interesting for two reasons. One is that it takes into account the manufacturing limits as part of the generative design problem. Secondly its uses simple printing technology to achieve complex manufacturing. Very complex drilling and cutting patterns were created by gluing a printed sheet on metal tubes.

It’s interesting to learn how complex structures can be built with basic non-CNC manufacturing processes. Smart Geometry is running a workshop on this topic ” Hi Tech Design – Low Tech Construction” this year.

More pictures  are available in their flicker page.

Written by Sivam Krish

January 8, 2010 at 2:29 pm

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