Design and Fabrication of Grid-shells Mockups

STAG: Smart Tools and Apps for Graphics - 2016
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Statics Aware Voronoi Grid-shells have been recently introduced in the Architectural Geometry field. These are innovative grid- shells endowed with a polygonal topology, whose geometry is structurally optimized by means of a novel algorithm. Although being structurally effective and arguably aesthetically charming, so far these grid-shells have struggled to attract architects’ interest. We propose a method to fabricate a mockup of the grid shell by using modern additive 3D printing and laser cutting technologies. We also show how the realised mockup can be used to perform a preliminary validation of the simulated static performances of the grid-shell structure.

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  author       = "Tonelli, Davide and Pietroni, Nico and Cignoni, Paolo and Scopigno, Roberto",
  title        = "Design and Fabrication of Grid-shells Mockups",
  booktitle    = "STAG: Smart Tools and Apps for Graphics",
  year         = "2016",
  publisher    = "Eurographics Association",
  keywords     = "grid shell, fabrication, architectural geometry",
  url          = ""

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