Optimized structures: Airmesh

Carlos Bañón, Félix Raspall

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3 Scopus citations


This chapter describes the opportunities related to the application of additive manufacturing to the design and manufacturing of non-standard load-bearing structures, focusing on space frames. With 3D Printing, space frames design is not limited by standard components and standard fabrication methods, enabling optimized frames in which the frame topology and nodal joints are specialized for their specific stresses within the structure. Digital design approaches and workflows, including the overall form generation, element definition, and topology optimization are presented in detail. As a case study, the chapter presents an in-depth analysis of the design and manufacturing workflows for AirMesh, a stainless steel pavilion developed by AirLab.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Architectural Design and Technology
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Architectural Design and Technology
ISSN (Print)2199-580X
ISSN (Electronic)2199-5818


  • Complex geometry
  • Digital architecture
  • Digital workflow
  • Space frames
  • Structural optimization


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