Archive for November, 2010

Notched Dichroic

The third iteration in a series of sculptures for the artist Alyson Shotz, a warped tubular form is created by interlocking pieces of laser-cut dichroic acrylic. In the development of this series, Shotz consulted with Situ Studio to create a custom Grasshopper script and fabrication method that could be applied to a variety of geometries. Beginning with a NURBS surface, the GH definition controls a series of different cutting planes that are used to generate notched and numbered parts for laser-cutting. Adding to their complexity, the artist’s choice of material creates multiple, unpredictable senses of form. Read more about Shotz’s work in dichroic acrylic here.

Folding Honeycomb


Folded Honeycomb
Flat Honeycomb

We have recently been working with the artist Sarah Oppenheimer in the development of a scoring and perforating system for folding aluminum honeycomb sheets. The research and development phase included testing a variety of honeycomb type materials and CNC milling techniques. The results have lead to a system where the direction and angle of each fold is precisely prescribed by the width of the score/perforation. The milled aluminum sheets ship flat and are folded in situ to become the finished sculpture.

Flapping Birds and Space Telescopes

Folding and pattern-making investigations have led us to this fascinating TED talk by Robert Lang, a mathematician and origami innovator who presented his work and discoveries in paper folding. The ancient art form was revolutionized in the 20th century when Yoshizawa developed a language of dots and dashes that exposed underlying mathematical laws of the folds. Using this common language and applying the four laws, a crease pattern can serve as a blueprint for a folded-paper American flag or a rattlesnake with 1000 scales, all from one un-cut square. He has developed a programming script that transforms a stick-figure drawing into a pattern for any folded figure. Providing the computer with these laws, the mathematical application to art can produce a heart stint or a space telescope, reaching far beyond the first folded crane in the 18th century.

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