Topology Optimization

Topology optimization and digital assembly of advanced space-frame structures

Asbjørn Søndergaard, Aarhus School of Architecture
Oded Amir, Israel Institute of Technology
Michael Knauss, ETH Zürich

This paper by Asbjørn Søndergaard, Oded Amir and Michael Knauss presents a novel method for the integrated design, optimization and fabrication of space-frame structures in an autonomous, digital process.

Comparative numerical studies are presented, demonstrating achievable mass reduction by application of the method by comparison to equivalent to normative space truss designs and dimensions.

As such, a principal digital fabrication and assembly scheme is developed, where an architectural design methodology relative to the described process is established, and the proposed process is demonstrated through scaled digital fabrication experiments.

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