Digital Fabrication: Waffle Structure
Workshop under the exclusive supervision of Helioripple at MAAN
Tutors: Amin Bahrami
Tutor Assistant(s): Shayad Dokht Samimiat, Amir Raisi
As an advanced architecture academy in Isfahan, MAAN Architect curated a workshop for elite students about Digital Fabrication and invited Helioripple as a well-known platform in developing Computational Design as the mentor for the workshop. The workshop began with the grasshopper, fundamentals of parametric design, and focused on digital fabrication.
The students learned how to use digital tools like grasshoppers to organize the fabricating pieces. They also should have considered the forces to tolerate a body weight. In the beginning, the first challenge was building furniture by implementing waffling techniques. Next, they struggled with designing a structure with the most porosity to make it as lightweight as possible. This challenge emerged as they wanted to cluster the pieces and code the notches. Some classic machine learning tools also were implemented to press the pieces. With C#, We used the Accord library for clustering the units. The structure built with cardboards was a practice for students to learn how to distribute the forces on a structure.