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Sliceforms - Geometric structures from paper slices

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Borrowed from the world of arts and craft, sliceforms are geometric, honeycomb-like structures constructed from interlocking planar slices assembled using a simple cut-and-slot technique. They may be volume-filling, which results in a ‘metamaterial-like’ solid, or ‘shell-like’ to produce generalised gridshell structures. We have developed tools for the synthesis of a wide variety of designs using the Rhino/Grasshopper software suite. We are interested in the relationship between the emergent properties of these structures and the underlying structural architecture. In this session I will present our investigations into ‘rotationally symmetric sliceforms’ in which slices are arranged at regular intervals about a central axis. In particular, this results in a surprising deployable behaviour whose kinematics we have modelled via a simple equivalent spherical mechanism.

This talk is part of the Engineering Department Structures Research Seminars series.

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