Towards Custom-optimized Nodes Applications in Construction
KRISTOF CROLLA1, NICHOLAS WILLIAMS2, MANUEL MUEHLBAUER3 and JANE BURRY4
1Chinese University of Hong Kong
Recent developments in Additive Manufacturing are creating possibilities to make not only rapid prototypes, but directly manufactured customised components. This paper by Kristof Crolla, Manuel Muehlbauer, Nicholas Williams and Jane Burry investigates the potential for combining standard building materials with customised nodes that are individually optimised in response to local load conditions in non- standard, irregular, or doubly curved frame structures.
This research uses iteration as a vehicle for investigation the SmartNodes Pavilion, a temporary structure with 3D printed nodes built for the 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in Hong Kong. The pavilion is the most recent staged output of the SmartNodes Project.
It builds on the findings in earlier iterations by introducing topologically constrained node forms that marry the principals of the evolved optimised node shape with topological constraints imposed to meet the printing challenges. The 4m high canopy scale prototype structure in this early design research iteration represents the node forms using plastic Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM).