ESR14- DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURE AND ASSEMBLY


ESR14- DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURE AND ASSEMBLY
ESR: Kasper Ax
ESR NUMBER: ESR14
INDUSTRIAL PARTNERS: designtoproduction + Bluhmer Lehmann
INSTITUTE: CITA

 

 

Description:

One of the central achievements of digital chain is the ability to mass customise building elements creating individualised solutions and enabling new kinds of building geometries. While methods for the design and production of customised elements have matured, the planning of assembly procedures remains undeveloped in the building sector – in contrast to for example to product design . Construction takes place in time and entails interdependent interactions as one element carries the other. The lack of robust planning tools impedes structural innovation as constructions can only be solved through simple and known assembly systems. This project develops methods for the analysis and planning of assembly. With a focus on timber construction, the project investigates the use of self-jigging joinery in which the mass customised detailing of timber elements embed bespoke joinery into the single element. These solutions promise sustainable and more resilient structures as self-jigging joints eliminate the need for additional joinery systems, minimise tolerances and reduce material complexity. The research transfers concepts from parallel fields of product design, computer science and mathematics : the development of workflows and strategies for the design of assembled structures, the development of metrics for quantitatively identifying good solutions with respect to the whole manufacturing and assembly process and the development of digital simulation tools to analyse dependencies and feedback assembly solutions to the design environment.

Kasper Ax

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CITA / ESR14- DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURE AND ASSEMBLY

Kasper Ax is a PhD researcher in architecture at CITA (Center for Information Technology and Architecture) at the Royal Danish Academy, School of Architecture, in Copenhagen. He is an architect, researcher and educator with a particular interest computational and digital, architectural design. His research is situated within the ‘Materialising Design’ work package… read more

 

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ESR14 – (Dis)assembler for multi directional positioning

Author: Kasper Ax

AUTHOR: Kasper Ax ESR NUMBER: ESR14 INDUSTRIAL PARTNERS: Blumer-Lehmann + Designtoproduction INSTITUTE: cita   These animations show an initial attempt to set up a definition which is used to simulate and evaluate assembly sequences in a given structure. It calculates the appropriate insertion direction for each element based on sequence, and proposes a possible joint... read more

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ESR 14 – Previous work from academia

Author: Kasper Ax

AUTHOR: Kasper Ax ESR NUMBER: ESR14 INDUSTRIAL PARTNERS: Blumer lehmann + Designtoproduction INSTITUTE: cita       This is a small selection of previous works from academia: Experimentation with large scale physical models and prototypes carried out at the AA Visiting school in Tehran under the theme ‘manufacturing simplexities’, the AA Visiting school Baku ‘Liquid... read more

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ESR14 – Visit to Blumer Lehmann and Timber Code, Feb. ’16

Author: Kasper Ax

AUTHOR: Kasper Ax ESR NUMBER: ESR14 INDUSTRIAL PARTNERS: Blumer lehmann + Designtoproduction INSTITUTE: cita     First visit to the industrial partners in early February 2016 included a 4 day stay in Gossau(CH), the home town of Blumer-Lehmann and the sister company Timber Code. The visit was the first meeting with the team in Gossau... read more

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