June 27th, 2011
These are essential ruled surface cells that can be stacked and in an emergent manner so that each module is a self supporting system. I think this is the first steps towards a realization of digitally borne forms from digital design processes into the real world. As for further steps, I would like to see more structural expression of the modules. It is a different aesthetic as it stands now as the surface is what is featured rather than the modules themselves.
The modules can be used to created non-loadbearing walls, wall-mounted structures, ceiling clouds, column wraps and enclosures.
You use their design tool which can be accessed on an iPad which provides a proprietary parametric path to selecting a feature type, size, shape, the tessellation of the form and other effects. The tessellation of the form allows for differentiated patterns that relate to the actual structural assembly of the design. The iPad app is not released at this time. A review of that technology for adaptation in a design process will be available once released.
The design tool provides structural analysis, material, hardware, and manufacturing requirements and adjusts these parametrically to fit the design.
From there it is to the fabrication path where material is cut, folded into modules requiring no tools or hardware to put it all together.
Material options are corrugated paper board, chipboard, aluminum, light gauge steel and resin sheet goods.
The initial material option is cellular resin which is made form recyclable plastic in either high-density polyethylene or polypropylene.
Since the modules are self-supporting there is less embodied energy in assembly.
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