Added Complexity for Free

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Added Complexity for Free

The 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings Art Exhibition features our very own Jeannye Dudley! Juried by Anne Burns, Robert Fathauer, Nat Friedman, Reza Sarhangi, and Elizabeth Whitely, the exhibition celebrates the intersection of artistic and mathematical pursuits. The exhibit is just one event in the larger 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings being held in San Antonio from January 10-13, 2015.Jeannye_3D printing-03

From Jeannye’s artist statement: “My passions are geometry, art and architecture. With each project I search for ways explore creativity and complexity. Over the past year I investigated computational designs using 3d parametric software GRASSHOPPER from Rhino v5. Once the geometry was in the computer, it became necessary to learn about mesh geometry for rendering with the software, Luxology and VRay for Rhino. I am fascinated by the new medium of 3D printing and how this methodology may inform architecture design and fabrication. The design parameters are shifting towards an accurate transfer of digital data from the tool maker to the product builder. Product fabrication pricing structure may be driven by material density and volume making COMPLEXITY ESSENTIALLY FREE.

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The primary sphere solid (Rhino NURBS Geometry) was used as the target surface for this pattern. Next the surface was divided into a diagrid pattern (GRASSHOPPER parametric modeler) that converged at the top and bottom of the sphere. Then the one half of the diagrid was populated with a constant diameter pipe. the central tube serve to stiffen the shape. all the geometry was joined by Boolean union into a single water tight shape. It was nice to learn that the same render geometry mesh may be used for visualization with Vray and 3D printing from Shapeways. The 3DP mesh has less than 1 million faces. Density and volume was calculated during upload for 3DP. Goal – Search for the optimal shape because – COMPLEXITY’S ESSENTIALLY FREE.”

This poly surface has 617,198 polygons that happen to all be triangles.  The study highlights design parameters of material density and volume as primary factors for cost. It is possible to add more intricate detail to the interior tube and the resulting 3D print model cost will surprisingly actually cost less.

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Today’s blog brought to by the often mathematical, always inimitable Jeannye Dudley.

Further reading from Jeannye’s bookshelf:

AD drawing + architecture
AD the innovative imperative
Performative oriented architecture
On form and growth
Understanding 3D printing (volumes 1-4)
Practical 3D printers the science and art of 3d printing
Getting started with makerbot
Drawing realistic textures in pencil
The recursive universe: cosmic complexities and the limits of knowledge
Introduction to computational programming using python
3d printing for architects with makerbot
Fabricated the new world of 3d printing
Material Strategies in Digital Fabrication
Architectural Geometry
Science of everything
The New Structuralism: Design, Engineering and Architectural Techniques
Folding Techniques for Designers: From Sheet Form
Computational Architecture:  Digital Designing tools and manufacturing techniques

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