As an introduction to digital fabrication, Kyle Gonzalez and Nick Cataldo experimented with a collection of architectural tectonic components that are bound and interdependent. This Bound Collective was designed to meet specific performative design criteria and detailed with specific digital fabrication methodologies.
Kyle and Nick first created a small scale prototype using a jig as a fabrication methodology and providing figural transparency as the performative design criteria. They first created a curved waffle in Rhinoceros and assembled it like a jig to use as a surface. Plexiglass was melted using a heat gun and then laid over the waffle to hold the shape. As the plexiglass hardened, small lens-shaped squares that bowed down into the waffle openings were created. From that shape, light was able to obscure and distort images viewed through it.
This was the first time Kyle and Nick experimented with the CNC machine and molding a surface using a curved waffle. There was some struggle with the material because it was relatively thin and weak which did not make it rigid enough to hold the true curve from the waffle. Another issue was the spacing between the plexiglass panels. The plexiglass panels were interlocked with friction fit joints. The middle of the two panels needed more space to achieve a more distorted image from behind. The team learned more about the plexiglass characteristics as well. They were surprised at the ease of melting, which made it like fabric.
Next time to create a true curve using plastic material, Kyle and Nick would want to use a vacuum former, which is in the making.