Sunday, April 20, 2014

Final project - alsarc

The plan:

So I started with two multi-section surfaces controlled by curves

and projected a grid of points onto the surface.

This was my module, driven by eight non-planar points as inputs.

I couldn't get the power copies to work because my forms were in different geometrical sets. Instead, I made a product file with global parameters and a document template. I imported the template into the part, and the inputs were the 8 points and matching parameters, so I could change them after. I could also go into the sketch, changing the multi-section surface and the spacing/shape of the projected grid. TA DA.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

P009/10 - scripting

I'm at the last 2 minutes of the tutorial. And getting this error.

I've checked that it matches the script custom file and it's still messy... Will resolve soon.

Update: solved through re-making udf file again and again and again... I had checked that the script matched the Cat script file, but that didn't solve things. When in doubt, start over!

Look, I can move around the point that the surface passes through, change the number of curves and change the height of the plane that the passing point is set at:

Part 2
Look I broke it.

Self intersecting panels? Clean the wire?

A better view of the panels

Less bulbous

Sunday, March 23, 2014

P08 Knowledge patterns - alsarc

After lots of greif with the power copy - note: don't copy the equations, cut and paste, so there's not more than one instance of it.

This used an old part from the beginning of the semester, and I used it in a much more efficient way now that we know how to powercopy! I powercopied a rule:

/*Rule created by alsarc 3/23/2014*/

If InnerCircle.1   < .5in
{Depth  =.2in}

else if 
InnerCircle.1   >.5in and InnerCircle.1   <.8in
{Depth   =.5in}

else if 
InnerCircle.1  >.8in and InnerCircle.1   <5in
{Depth   =1in}

*My computer unfortunately blue screened of death before I could take a dinner break and color code the height changes. GAH *

If the file hadn't vaporized, I would have made 3 separate parts, with global parameters based on each of the three circles so that they change height individually and color code based on the change. Ah well. Now to fix my computer...

Algorithmic Architecture - Reading Response

This reading discusses the interesting relationship between human design and computing, providing some interesting theories as to why computational design is seemingly misunderstood. Architects are slow to adapt to the increasing use of technology, but it is because we see algorithmic architecture as too many defined variables when we are so used to "vague, indefinite, and uncertain" design. We don't understand the complx nature of the processes, and "cannot implement them in a meaningful way in design." Our ongoing struggle with working with engineers is much more obvious, for they look for rational consistency when we fight for creativity and resourcefulness. We need to have an open-ended design process, so that any changes in design are not hard to adapt. Architects think that computer aided design impedes this fluidity in the design process, when we are really just understanding how it works all wrong. It is possible for the world of science and the arts to coexist, as long as we understand the principles of design and how to appropriately apply them. We should give algorithmic architecture a chance, because when used properly, we will "open a portal into another world new to the human mind" and explore a much larger range of design possibilities.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

P007 - unfolding

Here's my unfolding, along with small variations to the height factor and original framework

Mark Burry - Models, Prototypes and Archetypes

"Specifically, just as we begin to resolve the model's diverse role as part of the architect's design repertoire, we are confronted with new dilemmas: the model as model, as prototype, and as archetype."

This reading discusses the relationship of digital modeling, prototyping, and models, specifically as they are applied to Gaudi's Sagrada Familia. Having the ability to make full-scale prototypes is extremely valuable, although smaller scale projects might not necessarily have that kind of budget. Models like the classic hanging chains are perfect for these situations, as they can inform the physical nature of the building without a full-scale construction. While it is not as common for models to inform us as much as a full-scaled prototype, they can't be written off as invaluable in the process of fabrication from a digital model.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

P006 - powercopies - annie locke


This is the story of all the errors...

Everything going alone fine... then:

FIRST: didn't make input and framework different geometrical sets. Bad news bears.

Second: was selecting the multi-section mesh as powercopy instead of the whole geometrical set. Rookie mistake. This wasted a good hour or two completely rebuilding. and rebuilding. and rebuilding.

Then: powercopies: success! yay happy AL.

Then... oh wait.
 The evil sweep operator came along. Had paused the tutorial so I didn't continue watching to see that you had the EXACT same errors, but I basically went though and rebuilt that one sketch/fixed it blah blah.


but oh wait. more errors:

by this point I figured out that I needed to watch the rest of the tutorial and found how to reverse the offset. Easy enough.


This is how far I got: all the other powercopies kept erroring but I know how to fix one so I figured it wasn't necessary to fix them all. Yay learning through messing up...