A project was undertaken by a group of students at the NTU Athens, aiming to introduce students to parametric design through the use of Grasshopper. They selected honeycombs as a form to produce. First of all they chose hexagon as primitive module due to its efficiency and many possibilities. The result was that they formed a general dimensional boundary, fully parametrical, with the use of the grasshopper.
Architect and founder of Digital stance Marios Tsiliakos provided them with 3d printed version of the HoneyComb VB.net script. With the help the HoneyComb VB.net script the hexagons was able be fitted on the morphology of the structure.
More info of the project:
Design Team: Angeliki Labada, Artemis Karaiskou, Marianna Stavridou, Maria-Silena Patsalides
Software: Grasshopper for Rhino
Model: 3D printed in resin printer for 127 hours
Text written by Maria-Silena Patsalides
“This project is the outcome of a research elaborated during a course at the NTU Athens, aiming to introduce students to parametric design through the use of Grasshopper. Our intention was to produce a form that would be easily transformed in order to service the needs of every individual space in which it could be situated and at the same time adapt through its morphology to a variety of functions. From separating space and filtering light and vision, to functioning as a library or a multi-storage space, this element derives its organic form from nature and more specifically from honeycombs. The Hexagon was chosen as primitive module due to its static efficiency and possibility to be combined and deformed in many different ways, in order to produce the essence of semi-transparency and controlled porosity needed in those spaces. After a series of experimentations with form and function we have ‘captured’ a transformation phase of the Honeycomb that serves both aesthetic and static criteria. More practically, we formed a general dimensional boundary, fully parametrical, with the use of the grasshopper. Later on, the HoneyComb VB.net script was applied to the definition in order for the hexagons to be fitted on the morphology of the structure. At the end of the project the final definition was given for fabrication. A 3d printer machine was used for the production of the final object. The production procedure lasted 127 hours. We would like to thank this blog for providing us with the HoneyComb VB.net script.”
Source: Digital stance
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