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IaaC Research - Students Research - Open Thesis Fabrication

OTF 2012 - Mataerial: Petr Novikov & Saša Jokić + IAAC + Joris Laarman Studio

MATAERIAL – a brand new method of additive manufacturing. This patent-pending method allows for creating 3D objects on any given working surface independently of its inclination and smoothness, and without a need of additional support structures. Conventional methods of additive manufacturing have been affected both by gravity and printing environment: creation of 3D objects on irregular, or non-horizontal surfaces has so far been treated as impossible . By using innovative extrusion technology we are now able to neutralize the effect of gravity during the course of the printing process. This method gives us a flexibility to create truly natural objects by making 3D curves instead of 2D layers. Unlike 2D layers that are ignorant to the structure of the object, the 3D curves can follow exact stress lines of a custom shape. Finally, our new out of the box printing method can help manufacture structures of almost any size and shape.

MATAERIAL is the result of the collaborative research between Petr Novikov, Saša Jokić from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and Joris Laarman Studio. IAAC tutors representing Open Thesis Fabrication Program provided their advice and professional expertise. During the course of the research we developed a brand new digital fabrication method and a working prototype that can open a door to a number of practical applications. The method that we call Anti·gravity Object Modeling has a patent-pending status.

Open Thesis Fabrication 2010: New Prosthesis Exoskeletons

Program: Open Thesis Fabrication 2010
Research Candidate:  Joel Letkemann

Project description: The New Prosthesis project uses digital fabrication techniques to cut and bend wood into lightweight and materially efficient structures. These pieces are bent without form work, using the specific control of the laser cutter to define joints instead, thus avoiding wasteful form work.

Program Advisors: Marta Malé-Alemany, Luis Fraguada
Guest Tutors: Kas Oosterhuis (Oosterhuis_Lénárd, Tu Delft-Director of Hyperbody), Theodore Spyropoulos (Minimaforms, AA Architectural Assosiation), Tomasz Jaskiewicz (Tu Delft_Researcher at Hyperbody)

Open Thesis Fabrication 2010: Bloon

Program: Open Thesis Fabrication 2010
Research Candidate:  Nicholas Waissbluth

Project description: Bloon, a collaboration with the Barcelona based space tourism company, Zero 2 Infinity, is a capsule that will travel to near space giving travellers the experience to view our planet in the most unique way. The Open Thesis project concentrates on the space capsule: the geometry, possible fabrication processes, and building a 1:1 prototype.

The first phase consists of understanding the geometry of the capsule (a torus) supported by research in composite structures such as Automatic Fiber Placement technologies (AFP), and finally building a lightweight 1:1 prototype of one section of the capsule to be used for long term research into the design and fabrication of the capsule.

Program Advisors: Marta Malé-Alemany, Luis Fraguada
Guest Tutors: Kas Oosterhuis (Oosterhuis_Lénárd, Tu Delft-Director of Hyperbody), Theodore Spyropoulos (Minimaforms, AA Architectural Assosiation), Tomasz Jaskiewicz (Tu Delft_Researcher at Hyperbody)

Open Thesis Fabrication 2010: Wall System

Program: Open Thesis Fabrication 2010
Research Candidate:  Alemseged Bishu

Project description:
This project is an investigation on Similar units are structured by strategically inserting edges. The materiality and performance of the assembly which is suggested by this combination was tested with a prototype.

Program Advisors: Marta Malé-Alemany, Luis Fraguada
Guest Tutors: Kas Oosterhuis (Oosterhuis_Lénárd, Tu Delft-Director of Hyperbody), Theodore Spyropoulos (Minimaforms, AA Architectural Assosiation), Tomasz Jaskiewicz (Tu Delft_Researcher at Hyperbody)

Open Thesis Fabrication 2010: Sunscreen

Program: Open Thesis Fabrication 2010
Research Candidate:  Brian Peters

Project description: Sunscreen is a passive solar display system intended for a wide range of architectural applications. The system can be programmed to relay messages or animations depending on the location of the light source (either the sun or artificial lights). To realize Sunscreen, I collaborated with Kuka, using one of their six-axis robotic arms tofabricate numerous tests. The final large-scale prototype is a solarclock that responds directly to the position of the sun, 365 days of the year here in Barcelona.

Program Advisors: Marta Malé-Alemany, Luis Fraguada
Guest Tutors: Kas Oosterhuis (Oosterhuis_Lénárd, Tu Delft-Director of Hyperbody), Theodore Spyropoulos (Minimaforms, AA Architectural Assosiation), Tomasz Jaskiewicz (Tu Delft_Researcher at Hyperbody)

Open Thesis Fabrication 2010: Respira

Program: Open Thesis Fabrication 2010
Research Candidate: Ilaria La Manna

Project description: Respira, is a two dimensional panel that works like skin protection and responsive facade, that will change its shape according to the outside temperature and help the air ventilation or protection of the building.

Program Advisors: Marta Malé-Alemany, Luis Fraguada
Guest Tutors: Kas Oosterhuis (Oosterhuis_Lénárd, Tu Delft-Director of Hyperbody), Theodore Spyropoulos (Minimaforms, AA Architectural Assosiation), Tomasz Jaskiewicz (Tu Delft_Researcher at Hyperbody)