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2013.SU.PRATT.712B :: Computer Aided Construction :: Parametric Assemblies

Posted on May 22, 2013

712B, Computer Aided Construction: Parametric Assemblies, introduces students to new ways architects can become active agents within the construction industry by leveraging computer-aided construction techniques being introduced in the production of building components and assemblies.  Courses are taught using Rhino3D, Grasshopper3D and RhinoCAM.  Manufacturing is executed in the Pratt Institute School of Architecture CNC Lab.

Related Demos & Assignments

Weekly Assignment #3, Due in Class, 6/3

Working individually or in teams of two, design and prototype a functional stool from 1-ply chipboard (1/16″ thick) using the techniques shown in this demo.  Each student or team of two will produce one set of deliverables.

Deliverables:
Two 1:8 scale chipboard study models (using the laser cutter)
One photo (any view) of EACH stool 1024×768 jpg file
(all digital files to be submitted to the course dropbox, named according to this convention LastFirst_SP2013_A712_waffleStoolChipboard_#.ext)

Additional Grasshopper definitions can be found here: labelingvariable curve offsetsobject orientation to the ground plane 

Weekly Assignment #2, Due in Class, 5/29

Working individually or in teams of two, prototype two 12×12 puzzles using the same techniques shown in this Voronoi Puzzle Demo.  Each student or team of two will produce two lasercut samples. Material: Chipboard, Size: 12″ x 12″

Deliverables:
Two 12×12 Chipboard puzzles
One 12×12 layout drawings (bring to class)
One photo of puzzle (any view) 1024×768 jpg file (submitted to the course dropbox, named according to this convention LastFirst_SU2013_A712_Puzzle.ext)

As a further study, students may wish to explore the use of etched patterning on the surface of the chipboard.  Also, this puzzle joint library definition will be useful.

Weekly Assignment #1, Due in Class, 5/22

Working individually or in teams of two, manufacture samples using the same techniques shown in this Isocurve Texture Demo.  Each student or team of two will produce one sample. Material: 1/2″ MDF Size: 12″ x 12″.

Deliverables:
One 12×12 MDF panel with texture (bring to class)
One photo of panel (any view) 1024×768 jpg file (submitted to the course dropbox, named according to this convention LastFirst_SU2013_A712_Isocurve.ext)

As a further study, students may wish to explore the production of two or more matched panels or alternative texturing techniques such as developing two or more crossing patterns to create more complex surface texture.

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