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Day 9 – DIA Workshop: Rio de Janeiro

Hoje foi um dia muito agitado no laboratório de maquetes em Botafogo.Alguns times terminaram os seus projetos, converteram os seus arquivos  em Cad  e imprimiram os componentes de seus produtos à laser, utilizando materiais como MDF, polipropileno ou a combinação de ambos.  Luminárias interessantíssimas foram criadas e teve início a fabricação de fôrmas de tecido para o projeto em escala urbana.

Today, many things happened at the fabrication lab in Botafogo. Some teams finished their projects in Rhino + Grasshopper and decided on specific variation for laser cutting.  Grilling was used as the primary fabrication method, and materials included MDF, Polypropylene, or a combination of both.  Students also began to sew molds for fabric form prototypes which would become tests for their DIA brief proposals.

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Degrees of Freedom

The telescopic joint structure that we developed allows for an overall increase in size of 200%.  This number can be augmented by adding overlapping members, creating an antenna-like mechanism.  After the development of two Grasshopper definitions which entail the length change of mass amounts of curves, the idea of creating a physical testing model arose.  We chose to concentrate on the physical development of the phylotaxis definition.  The ¨digital¨phylotaxis allows for a free range of movement in twenty different positions.  When we translated this into the physical realm, the most important aim was to demonstrate the ability of the structure to both change in size and collapse in on itself.  The model, which was constructed with acrylic rods and silicon tubing, can be seen in both the videos and images below.  The use of silicon joints between each telescope allowed us to maintain a large degree of flexibility, while at the same time securing the structure as a whole.degrees of freedom


grasshopper definition