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Cal Poly Advanced Digital Fabrication



Using various methods of digital fabrication, primarily CNC milling, the goal was to create a mass customizational wall system which performs efficiently in various climates. Focusing on San Luis Obispo, Mexico City, and Anchorage, three prototype modules were developed allowing more shading and less heat gain in Mexico, more sunlight and heat gain in Alaska, and a middle ground in San Luis Obispo. The module works to create a parametric blink resulting in the varying apertures. The lower the adjustable curve, the more the wall performs as a wavy slat system. The higher the adjustable curve, the more open aperture is created. Using Hydrocal, a high strength plaster, the modules were formed in a repeatable molding system. Once the parametric geometry was derived from sunlight and heating analysis a positive of the curves were milled. From this a silicone negative mold was formed allowing for the curves to be flawlessly transferred and an easy de-molding process. This mold was then placed in a frame to create a structural depth for the module taking hints from the idea of a CMU block. To maintain the apertures and test the thinness and structural capabilities of the material, a large silicone plug was inserted into the frame allowing for a lightweight yet structural module. Designed to be a self supporting brick module, the Blink wall would be constructed much like any other brick veneer curtainwall.

Working with:

Ariana Martin, Zach Bache

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