#AU2012 #UKBimCrew AB3379 Design Computation Symposium

Holistic Design Optimization Strategies Using DesignScript
Al Fisher [Buro Happold]

SMART Form and Robot plugins for DesignScript by Buro Happold. Performance based design. Sections to Form and Form to Section. Running in AutoCAD. No “blackbox” but all exposed and evident in the designscript code.

Paneling Design Explorations for Digital Fabrication Using DesignScript
Peter Mehrtens [Bemo Systems]

building envelopes for freeform buildings using standing seam. Often double curved. Bemo 96 axis roll forming machine inside a shipping container delivered to site. Tapered, curved, bent. Wei-Wu-Ying Center of the Arts

Peter is an Architect. Looking at the usability of the tool and establish fit for purpose. Good tool to store intermediate examples and go back and re-explore them.

Augmented Fabrications: The Role of Speculative Manufacturing
Brandon Kruysman, Jonathan Proto [SCI-ARC]

5 robot arms with overlapping working spheres. Caters to the engineer rather than the designer. Making robotics a creative process. Maya character rigging used to control robots. Esperant.0. Typically found in animation industry, rigging robots rather than characters. Held together with trigonometry. Hardware, animated tooling. Animate not only motion but tools. Grippers to camera mounts to scanners. Developed SCUDO as an open source robot tooling shield. Charla specific tool for controlling networks of machines. Time units as keyframes when working within maya. Ethernet based approach. Open port of the robot which us used to coordinate. An animation calculated in real time to allow for motion control systems to operate and feed back. Different manufacturers machines can be added in to the network.

More about how we as designers collaborate rather how robots collaborate. “phantom geometry collaborative learning”. Timing discrepancies between the digital model and real world movement. This is  balanced by real time feedback from computer controlled cameras. Utterly incredible and got a round of applause from the audience http://www.kruysman-proto.com/video-gallery/ Material testing and virtual prototyping. Virtual footage mixed with the actual motion of the robot.

Unfortunately due to a diary mix-up I had to leave at this point to join another session that I was committed to.

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About Shaun Farrell

I have been involved in the construction sector since 1986 and over the years I have seen things change dramatically. Much of the change has been directly as a result of technology. This blog will be about the key combinations of People, Process and Technology. Any views expressed here are strictly my own.
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