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Artistic computational design featuring imprecision A method supporting digital and physical explorations of esthetic features in robotic single-point incremental forming of polymer sheets

Artistic computational design featuring imprecision A method supporting digital and physical explorations of esthetic features in robotic single-point incremental forming of polymer sheets

Zboinska, Malgorzata A.;

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Design strategies that employ digital and material imprecision to achieve estheticinnovation exhibit high potential to transform the current precision-orientedpractices of computation and digital fabrication in architecture. However, suchstrategies are still in their infancy. We present a design method facilitatingintentionally-imprecise esthetic explorations within the framework of digitaldesign and robotic single-point incremental forming. Our method gives access tothe esthetic fine-tuning of molds from which architectural objects are cast.Semi-precise computational operations of extending, limiting, deepening andshallowing the geometrical deformations of the mold through robot toolpathfine-tuning are enabled by a digital toolkit featuring parametric modeling,surface curvature analyses, photogrammetry, digital photography and bitmapimage retouching and painting. Our method demonstrates the shift of focus fromgeometric accuracy and control of material behaviors towardsintentionally-imprecise digital explorations that yield novel esthetic features ofarchitectural designs. By demonstrating the results of applying our method in thecontext of an exploration-driven design process, we argue that imprecision can beequally valid to accuracy, opening a vast, excitingly unknown territory formaterial-mediated esthetic explorations within digital fabrication. Suchexplorations can interestingly alter the esthetic canons and computational designmethods of digital architecture in the nearest future.

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Design strategies that employ digital and material imprecision to achieve estheticinnovation exhibit high potential to transform the current precision-orientedpractices of computation and digital fabrication in architecture. However, suchstrategies are still in their infancy. We present a design method facilitatingintentionally-imprecise esthetic explorations within the framework of digitaldesign and robotic single-point incremental forming. Our method gives access tothe esthetic fine-tuning of molds from which architectural objects are cast.Semi-precise computational operations of extending, limiting, deepening andshallowing the geometrical deformations of the mold through robot toolpathfine-tuning are enabled by a digital toolkit featuring parametric modeling,surface curvature analyses, photogrammetry, digital photography and bitmapimage retouching and painting. Our method demonstrates the shift of focus fromgeometric accuracy and control of material behaviors towardsintentionally-imprecise digital explorations that yield novel esthetic features ofarchitectural designs. By demonstrating the results of applying our method in thecontext of an exploration-driven design process, we argue that imprecision can beequally valid to accuracy, opening a vast, excitingly unknown territory formaterial-mediated esthetic explorations within digital fabrication. Suchexplorations can interestingly alter the esthetic canons and computational designmethods of digital architecture in the nearest future.

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DOI: 10.5151/proceedings-ecaadesigradi2019_298

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Zboinska, Malgorzata A.; "Artistic computational design featuring imprecision A method supporting digital and physical explorations of esthetic features in robotic single-point incremental forming of polymer sheets", p. 719-728 . In: Proceedings of 37 eCAADe and XXIII SIGraDi Joint Conference, “Architecture in the Age of the 4Th Industrial Revolution”, Porto 2019, Sousa, José Pedro; Henriques, Gonçalo Castro; Xavier, João Pedro (eds.). São Paulo: Blucher, 2019.
ISSN 2318-6968, DOI 10.5151/proceedings-ecaadesigradi2019_298

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