First off, let’s start with the announcement that team hyPERFORM have illegally changed their name to “Team Hot Sauce”. They believe the integrity of the new name will bring much more attention to their project. The project was last left off at the design phase, where the team decided to abandon the form made with the 3D printer, so that they could focus on the capabilities of the CNC machine. The decision to pursue a waffle-like structure design was primarily derived from the future plans of creating an installation for the school. This new design process of the Gizmo was a trial experiment on building techniques; mold making, casting, and friction-fit joint connections.
The next project for the team consists of a waffle-construction type installation for a hallway corner on the lower level of the UTLC building. It will include precast concrete forms, derived from CNC extruded polystyrene molds, integrated with vertical and horizontal profile-cut elements that undulate. There were a lot of iterations to the design and the processes, and it still continues to change at this level, but they have moved forward with what they believe will be a successful integration of precast concrete forms in the waffle cells to support seating and lounging.
The process consisted of three concrete precast models that followed the form of the waffle structure previously built. The two parts were built with different scales, thus the incorporation of the two was not successful. It only informed continuation from one material to the other. This led the team to come up with ways of incorporating the two. The pictures below show a full scale cell construction that incorporates both the waffle structure and the concrete component together seamlessly. The slide show below also shows a variant of the design at the early stages.
The team still has to overcome some difficult translations within the software, since their inexperience with Rhino4 and Grasshopper3d has forced them to further iterate the design of the installation. I personally believe that the design is wonderful, and it will create a dynamic space that will at least attract the attention of traffic passing by. I don’t know how much it will be used, but at this point the presumption that it will is part of the creative process. The weight of the concrete poses another issue in relation to implementation. The failure to find a replacement material has pushed them to perforate the concrete without compromising the strength of each component. If such perforations had a second function added to them, the implementation would make a much more complex and useful installation at the end. Since the design is not yet finalized, such ideas are not far from reach. I’ll be watching their progress closely.
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Pandush Gaqi is a senior undergrad at Lawrence Technological University and currently taking Digital Fabrication class in the MArch program.