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WF_101 PARAMETRIC MODELLING AND CAM TECHNOLOGIES

Location:  Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture

Dates: November 2009 – February 2010

Tutors: Krzysztof Gornicki,  Dorota Kabala, Krystian Kwiecinski, Agata Kycia, Michal Piasecki

Description: The seminar taught by co-founders of WF aimed at introducing principles of parametric modelling (in this case Bentley’s Generative Components) and digital fabrication to the students of architecture. After a theoretical introduction, students were divided into several design groups, each of them making one a proposal for the temporary installation located in the main staircase of the faculty of architecture in Warsaw. One of the projects (by J.Bartos, M.Piotrowska, J. Soltyk, A. Zajkowski) was then chosen for fabrication in 1:1 scale using 2 axis CNC milling machine and assembled at the faculty. The seminar was an elective course for the master students.

Here you can find more information.

The video below shows assebly process of the installation.

RHINOSCRIPT / GRASSHOPER WORKSHOP

Location: Delft University of Technology

Dates: March 2009

Tutors: Han Feng, Krzysztof Gornicki,  Agata Kycia

Description:  This workshop was part of the Msc3 master program at the TU Delft; a technical training on Rhinoscript and Grasshoper.


WF_ WORKSHOPS AT THE SPONTANOUS SCHOOLING EXHIBITION IN LONDON 

Six  workshops organized by Workshops Factory in Poland and USA were exhibited during the Spontanous Schooling exhibition in June 2010, curated by Nous gallery as a part of London Festival of Architecture 2010.

Thanks to the Faculty of Architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology, 3D printed models from the WF_091 workshop were also part of the exhibit.

WF_092 GENERATIVE COMPONENTS / DIGITAL FABRICATION

Location: Bentley Systems Polska

Collaboration: Sztuka.architektury.pl

Dates: August 2009

Tutors: Krzysztof Gornicki, Agata Kycia, Michal Piasecki

Description: Technical training on Bentley’s Generative components / introduction to digital fabrication. Bench prototype was fabricated in 1:1 scale using 2D water jet and assembled on spot. More information available here.

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WF_091 RHINOSCRIPTING / DIGITAL FABRICATION

Location: Warsaw University of Technology, Architecture Faculty

Dates: 3rd April 2009 – 5th April 2009

Tutors: Krzysztof Gornicki,  Dorota Kabala, Krystian Kwiecinski, Agata Kycia, Michal Piasecki

Sponsorship: Steinbaher Izoterm

Software: McNeel Rhinoceros / Rhinoscripting (VBScript)

Description:  Workshop on generative design methodologies and computer aided manufacturing organized by Workshops Factory in collaboration with Warsaw University of Technology, School of Architecture (WAPW).

The aim of this workshop was to explore potentials of a fully integrated design process which incorporates digital techniques from a very early stage; starting with the use of programming as a design strategy and leading  to digital fabrication as the construction technique. Participants had to design generative algorithms to personalize urban furniture and then manufacture instances of those procedures at 1:1 scale.

The workshop began with a set of presentations on the potential of generative methodologies in design, design as a controlled flow of information and computer aided manufacturing. Later, students where introduced to the syntax of Visual Basic. In the next stage participants were working in small groups on  customized modules of a bench. At the end we fabricated and assembled three 1:1 scale modules of different seats using a thermal plotter.

Method of the workshop:

–          theoretical introduction to the field of computational design

–          introduction to the VBScript

–          design exercises using Rhinoscript

–          introduction to digital fabrication techniques

–          CNC manufacturing of the design proposals

More information about the workshop is available here.

You can also see the full documentation of the workshop in the  WF_091 booklet 

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01022And the final result:


And here you can see how the seats were generated:

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