Design Goals: 3D printing an adaptive panel facadeUniform transparencies Variegated optical transparencies

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Module 3 - Project Goals Targets & Strategies
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Jan 24, 2022 12:16 AM
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Gabriel Lipkowitz

  • Design Goal: to explore how BIM can be combined with fabrication information modeling (FIM) to create an adaptive panel facade that makes use of shape memory polymers that can be additively manufactured (3D printed) to change based on environmental conditions, or embedded liquid inclusions of varying opacities, namely melanin as used in the work of Neri Oxman at MIT (Project: Totem), based on stimuli.
  • Measure: The correspondence between the material used for the design and the output of the solar and lighting analysis. The two should, ideally, match, with the latter informing the former.
  • Targets:
    • 150% energy efficiency based on a baseline facade of a unimaterial
    • 300% energy efficiency based on a baseline facade of a unimaterial
  • Strategies:
    • For implementing this modular design strategy, we’ll interface between Fusion 360, which is more commonly used for designing components for 3D printing, and Revit. This is common practice for e.g. incorporating furniture elements in an architectural model.
    • Otherwise, panelizing the surface with Dynamo, to produce parametrically altered facade components