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Exploration of multi-material surfaces as weighted shapes

MacLachlan, Lynne and Jowers, Iestyn (2016). Exploration of multi-material surfaces as weighted shapes. Graphical Models, 83 pp. 28–36.

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The introduction of multi-material additive manufacturing makes it possible to fabricate objects with varying material properties, leading to new types of designs that exhibit interesting and complicated behaviours. But, computational design methods typically focus on the structure and geometry of designed objects, and do not incorporate material properties or behaviour. This paper explores how material properties can be included in computational design, by formally modelling them as weights in shape computations. Shape computations, such as shape grammars, formalise the description and manipulations of pictorial representation in creative design processes. The paper explores different ways that material properties can be formally modelled as weights, and presents examples in which multi-material surfaces are modelled as weighted planes, giving rise to flexible behaviours that can be considered in design exploration.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 1524-0703
Keywords: additive manufacturing; shape computation; design
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 44260
Depositing User: Iestyn Jowers
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2015 08:13
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2019 21:39
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