Droid is a 3D printing related Grasshopper Plug-in Library add-on developed in C# Language.
It features control over model Slicing, Custom paths and Gcode generation.
Designed to be used from small desktop 3d Printers, up to large scale Robotic Fabricators using FFF technologies and running from Gcode.
Available to be used to prepare and print models in a ‘Plug and Play’ style with Droid components, or in a more controlled and experimental manner with Custom input and output print paths.
Droid allows control over conventional Slicing features such as infill, shell thickness and caps, within the Rhino and Grasshopper environment. In addition, output and editing of paths is also available once models are sliced into the Rhino and Grasshopper workspace, allowing full control and analysis to the user.
Custom or edited paths then can be input back into Droid for Gcode preparation and generation.
Droid Components are Multi-Thread enabled, and may use all your processors resources during calculations.
The Droid Library (DroidLib) makes use of Angus J’s Clipper Library.
.Catalyze(); engages with processes of autonomous design and fabrication in an exploration of the formal language of 3D printed architecture that is intrinsically tied to the material and environmental properties of its site.
Moving away from urban density, this project proposes a re-population of the most isolated of environments providing a speculative scenario for the autonomous design and construction.
Using multi-agent algorithms and behavioural methodologies, the project in an exploration of how robots might be turned into field designers and fabricators. With a set of carefully designed behavioural algorithms, it works to have a direct relationship with these robots; autonomously generating and fabricating site specific architectural logic and responsive formal qualities.
This methodology has been tested on three isolated, yet radically different, sites: Antarctica, Desert, and Mars. With each site having its own unique set of environmental parameters which inform behavioural codes, the architectural qualities and characteristics are investigated in each, once autonomously analyzed and catalyzed.
Project team: YT. Sebastian Teo
Supervisor: Roland Snooks
Proposition for largely 3D printed construction and design in a high rise tower. Algorithmic processes and 3D printing constraints inform a speculation on what the future for towers could involve, with the adoption of large scale 3D printing and robotic fabrication in the design and construction field.
Exploring the possibilities of large scale FFF 3D printing fabrication in the built environment through prototypes and scaled model testing. Constraints on fabrication methods, design, and construction details are addressed and considered in a series of design and fabrication tests, in attempts to speculate a use of such technologies in the built environment.
Project explores the expressions on polymer extrusion as a speculative method of fabrication. Characteristics of the effects and behaviours of extrusion and post heat treatment are captured and re-imagined in the built environment. Algorithmic processes and robotic constraints of fabrication tests inform the patterns and outcome of the project.