Here is the video recording of the webinar “T-Splines and Keyshot: Modeling and rendering in minutes and seconds–instead of hours” that took place online on May 20, 2010. It demonstrates the use of T-Splines v2.3 for creating curved objects and gives a sneak preview of KeyShot 2 Beta for realtime photorealistic renderings, fast and easy.
designboom.com just published a very interesting article on the “Expo Boulevard” (also known as the “sun Valleys”) – the huge membrane structure that covers the main entrance to the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai – designed by the Stuttgart based practice SBA from and Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering (also from Stuttgart).
This year’s five-day architectural course will integrate Rhino’s Grasshopper in order to explore new shapes and patterns of knitting using generative algorithms.
From the workshop’s introduction:
Based on former research, the production process will be based on creating a direct link between digital representations and knitting machine code. This will offer the opportunity to model textile surfaces electronically and computationally, at a level that takes into account both the performance of the surface as a whole and its pattern, texture and materiality. The workshop will incorporate the use of different materials such as conductive fibers and advanced composite materials, to achieve both rigid and elastic conditions of interaction.
We will develop bespoke computer defined textiles as frameworks for the incorporation of computational attributes; transforming knitted surfaces into robotic membranes by imbedding sensing and actuation into their skin. Combining advances in intelligent textiles with parametric modeling we ask how these new technologies have impact on the way we think, design and make architecture.
Dr. Eyal Sheffer, Knitting Laboratory, the department of Textile Design in Shenkar .
Arch. Ayelet Karmon, Department of Interior – Building and Environment Design in Shenkar.
Associate Professor Mette Ramsgard Thomsen, MAA, PhD, Head of CITA.
Last March I took part on a cool Workshop in Bologna (Italy) titled “Elegant Ecotones – Grasshopper workshop Level I – parametric & generative design” Organized by Andrea Graziano and Alessio Erioli from Co-de-iT and Giulio Piacentino from McNeel Europe.
The guys from Co-de-iT have just uploaded on issuu a very nice Workshop-Report.
Yesterday evening I had the chance to follow a very interesting webinar titled “Bathsheba Sculpture: using T-Splines to create products and sculptures”. In this one-hour-long on-line seminar the digital artist Bathsheba Grossman together with Matt Sederberg from T-Splines explained how she uses T-Splines for Rhino in order to create her striking sculptures and gave a live demonstration of how she actually made three of her designs.
You can watch the recording of the webinar in this link. Highly recommended!
QUIN by Bathsheba Grossman, available on www.materialise.com
A sculpture by Bathsheba Grossman done with t-Splines
This is the first of six 40 meters tall cone-shaped canopies named “Sun Valleys” that are being built in Shanghai for the 2010 World Expo.
The “Sun Valleys” will be distributed along the Expo Axis, a multi-story 1 km long and 110 meters wide promenade providing commercial, catering, entertainment, and exhibition services for the millions of visitors expected to attend the forthcoming event.
(Source: People's Daily Online)
This covered pedestrian walkway will be the main entrance to the Expo site and will connect with four major pavilions through the elevated platform and underground passages. With its nearly 250,000 square meters, it is the largest structure being built for the venue.
(Source: People's Daily Online)
Above the Expo Axis the giant light membrane roof will look like, as the organizers promis, “white clouds floating in the blue sky”.
The steel and plastic “Sun Valleys”, as the name suggest, will convey daylight and air into the underground level in order to reduce the energy consumed by the artificial lighting. Further, they will collect rainwater that could be recycled for irrigation and flushing purposes.
Each of these complex structures is made of approximaely 10,000 joins, all which are unique.
I would like to draw your attention to this very interesting new blog about textile architecture and complex structures from my friends at QL Ingeniería – an engineering firm from Murcia, Spain. Check it out!
A unique hands-on and cross-disciplinary collaboration between the Department of Interior – Building and Environment Design, the Knitting Workshop and the Plastics Engineering in Shenkar.
The workshop’s aim was to explore the potential implementation of parametric CAD tools in the built environment by analyzing the complex geometrical behaviour of three dimensional knitted textile materials, both at the level of the overall surface and the local stitch.
In the first phase we elaborated digital models of various complex textile surfaces by using ParaCloud Modeler – a parametric design tool, which converts spreadsheet driven matrices into a powerful generative and associative modelling and analysis application. In the second phase we produced prototypes of these models with a wide range of fabrication technologies such as 3D printing, CNC milling, laser cutting, as well as using the advance equipment of the Knitting Workshop and the Plastic Workshop to achieve both rigid and elastic conditions.
The wokshop was organized by the head of the Department of Interior – Building and Environment Design Prof. Shraga Kirshner and was directed by teaching staff from Shenkar: Dr. Eyal Sheffer, and architect Ayelet Karmon, in collaboration with Dipl. Ing. (TU) Norbert Palz, architect, from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture,CITA, Center for Information Technology and Architecture.
Here are few images from the workshop:
The Stoll knitting machine in action at the Shenkar’s Textile Workshop: