Airtable

Felix Raspall, Carlos Banon, Jenn Chong Tay

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Abstract

In architecture, the use of Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies has been typically undermined by the long production time, elevated cost to manufacture parts and the low mechanical properties of 3D printed components. As AM becomes faster cheaper and stronger, opportunities for architectures that make creative use of AM to produce functional architectural pieces are emerging. In this paper, we propose and discuss the application of metal AM in complex space frames and the theoretical and practical implications. A functional lightweight metal table by the authors support our hypothesis that AM has a clear application in architecture and furniture design, and that space frames constitutes a promising structural typology. Specifically, we investigate how AM using metal as a material can be used in the application of fabrication of complex space frame structure components and connection details. The paper presents background research and our contribution to the digital design tools, the manufacturing and assembly processes, and the analysis of the performances of a parametrically designed and digitally fabricated large meeting table. Insights from this paper are deployed in an architectural scale project, AIRMesh, a metal 3D-printed pavilion set in the greenery of Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent and Informed - Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2019
EditorsMatthias Hank Haeusler, Marc Aurel Schnabel, Tomohiro Fukuda
PublisherThe Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA)
Pages113-122
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9789887891710
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event24th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia: Intelligent and Informed, CAADRIA 2019 - Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 14 Apr 201917 Apr 2019

Publication series

NameIntelligent and Informed - Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2019
Volume1

Conference

Conference24th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia: Intelligent and Informed, CAADRIA 2019
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityWellington
Period14/04/1917/04/19

Keywords

  • 3D Printing
  • Furniture Design
  • Metal Additive Manufacturing
  • Space Frame

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