Monthly Archives: February 2012

Ponder/Haarmann fabrication

We used Maya to generate the form massings along curves. We then imported it into Rhino to scale and contour the model for fabrication. We intended to use 1/8″ basswood for the layers, so we cut the model at .125″ intervals for a total of 28 layers. The contours were arranged in Rhino and then exported to Illustrator for the laser cutter.

Coleman, Mandly-Digital Fabrication

-Our structure was first designed in Maya.

-We then transferred the mesh to Rhino.

-The contour command was then used to generate curves to represent our form.

-These contours were then exported to Illustrator.

-The Illustrator file was then used to Laser Cut each level out of four 1/8″ sheets of bass wood.

-We then layered these pieces to create the detail form of our building.

P4_06 Stephanie Mueller, 06 Crystal Stites 06 Alex Romanos

For our RPC submission, we decided in order to retain the organic forms of the apertures and the general shape that 3D printing was the best solution. Using laser cutting would not properly convey the open face texture.

P4_04 Mark Rustin_01 Joe Russell

We took our initial skyscraper design of a fiberoptic tube covered in a protective shell and rebuilt the geometry. We then took our model into Rhino and used the smash command to create a curve for the outer shell which will be folded using paper, and used the contour command to create a series of plates for the skyscraper to be glued together. We will construct the skyscraper and then build the shell around it for the final presentation.

P4_01 Julie Martin_02 Sayoko Osada, Madeline Goryl

1. Export warped Maya surface to Rhino; use the unroll command to unroll the polygons. The RPC will score thick paper for us to fold back into this shape.

2. To support this shape, we then sliced the surface and extruded these curves to make a ribbed support system which will be made out of wood.

3. To hold the ribs in place and add counterweight on one side, we sliced the ribs in a perpendicular direction to create more ribs.

4. All ribs were pulled out and made 2d in order to get their lifework to send to the RPC.

P4_05 Yi-Ting Kuo, 06_Qinglan Luo

we decided to use waffle for laser cutting.

we simplifies our model but still kept the concept of it.

and then, put it into Rhino and connected it with the waffle grasshopper.

P4_Jia, Deng, Feenick

We used a mixture of maya, rhino, and grasshopper. The inside floors are generated from maya, and then we used a waffle script to divide the solid. We need applied a grasshopper hexagon pattern to the exterior envelope, which was then slotted to give structure to the floors.

p4 _ Eric Blyth and Sebastian Beck _ 02

We used primarily rhino to model this modified version of our original skyscraper. The final model will be constructed of basswood horizontal rings and plexi glass structural ribs. These components were derived by slicing our model at certain increments horizontally and radially for the ribs. By slotting each piece to receive the corresponding perpendicular components, we obtain a clean waffle effect along both the exterior and the undulating interior facades.


1) Grasshopper script to divide surface, draw perpendicular-to-tangent segments from points, use angles between segments to determine the seam line between concave and convex in a complexly curved surface

2) Use divisions generated to determine seams of skin

3) Populate the spaces between seams with doubly-ruled, but curved surfaces

4) Support each individual surface with four sides, thereby allowing the geometry of each resulting origami nub to define the curvature of the facade surface

5) Connect the network of origami nubs with pins through neighboring skin surfaces

6) Support network with ribbed grid behind open honeycomb

Main point: The self-supporting doubly-ruled nature would allow each nub, in true construction, to be easily prefabricated from sheet material off-site. The individual, stable trapezoidal forms could then be pinned to each other on site.

Betz, Thompson, Eaton tower RPC

We vertically contoured each side of the web-like structure and unrolled the surfaces of the boxes for laser cut. The web structure will be cut out of 1/2″ MDF and the boxes will be cut with added detail etching from acrylic and spray frosted.