Softly Rigid

This is for 4.553: Digital Fabrication by Dennis Shelden. The assignment asks us to explore the process from digital to physical representation, and reverse. It eventually became an interesting experiment for me to push the boundary of materials.

I was inspired by the shape of tea bag — through folding, soft material such as plain paper might gain strength and form a designated shape. I wrote a Rhinoscript that translates any free formed, double curvature surface into print patterns that can be cut out and folded.

Of course, not all surface can be perfectly unrolled to the plane. However, I can guarantee that the curvature at each joint is correct. The original surface:

The unrolled unit shapes generated by the script:

A physical test model:

Tools used: Rhino

Twitter Tag Cloud Live!

When analyzing the web contents of SNCF, I made this realtime tag cloud charter for Twitter. It’s a lot of fun.

Category tree view:

Relevance network view:

Click to play with the app:

Tool used: Processing