DIA workshops, Digi-Fabrication, Laser Cutting, Workshops

LEARN + DESIGN + MAKE /// Workshops + Classes!

FABberz lab.nyc is happy to announce the launch of a new workshop series aimed at teaching digital design methods and translating them into physical, fabricated objects.  The first 4 workshops scheduled for Spring 2011 will be weekend workshops (Saturday + Sunday) with optional 1 day Rhino Introduction Courses the Friday before each scheduled workshop. Register Here

Poster PDF: learn+design+make

Digi-Fabrication, IaaC, Laser Cutting


Parahelix by Joshia Barnes and Raquel Gallego Lorenzo After the structure was modelled, the horizontal and vertical sections had to be nested in order to lasercut them on two sheets of 2.9 cm thick wood. After calibrating the machine properly,the pieces were successfully cut in approximately 1.5 hours.

The assembly process began with the placement of the regularly placed horizontal sections at 3AM on center.  Once the structure of the horizontal sections was stabilized by several intersecting vertical sections,the assembly process was able to be completed by adding vertical elements one by one.

After the pipe structure was completed, white glue was utilized to secure the joint connections.Once dry, Parahelix was structurally sound.

cutting file


Digi-Fabrication, FABberz tools, Open Source [OS]

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