ESR: James Solly
ESR NUMBER: ESR8
INDUSTRIAL PARTNERS: S-Form + Foster + Partners
Digital fabrication technologies offer the possibility to widen the range of processes available through standardised fabrication and bypass the limitations on fabrication of bespoke forms. Often accompanied by trial-and-error approaches, the limits of digital fabrication methods are quickly reached without a thorough understanding of the strength and limits of the forming processes and the materials.
Virtual prototyping replaces material/physical prototyping by simulating the fabrication processes: the machining, material interaction and forming stages to test and evaluate system performance. It is the proposal of this project to apply a virtual prototyping methodology to the FRP fabrication method “Coreless Fibre Winding”, that has been under development at the ITKE and ICD at the University of Stuttgart since 2012.
This process involves the winding of Carbon and Glass-Fibre around minimal structural frameworks utilising robotic placement methods. The resulting, programmed, fibre-fibre interaction between these frames can be used to generate complex geometries.
James Solly is a Research Associate and tutor at the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (itke) (http://www.itke.uni-stuttgart.de/) at the University of Stuttgart.
He completed a Master’s in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford in 2008 before working with Ramboll UK and BuroHappold Engineering until 2015 on the design and realisation of computationally or geometrically complex… read more
Acadia 2017, Boston: Paper Presented on the ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016/2017
Author: James Solly
Acadia 2017 James (ESR08) and Sam (ESR12) both attended the Acadia 2017 “Disciplines and Disruption” Conference at MIT in Boston, 2nd-4th November 2017. During the conference, our colleagues from the ICD (Institute of Computational Design and Construction) presented the paper: Multi-Machine Fabrication: An Integrative Design Process Utilising an Autonomous UAV and Industrial Robots for the... read more
IRREGULAR CABLE-NETS: EXPLORING IRREGULARITY AS A DRIVER FOR FORM AND STRUCTURE
Author: Evy Slabbinck
Unlike conventional cable-nets that typically use evenly spaced cables laid out in an orthogonal-grid, introducing irregular patterns into the form-finding process of cable structures enables designs with non-directional grids and varying cable concentration. read more
Elytra Filament Pavilion – Robotic Filament Winding for Structural Composite Building Systems
Author: James Solly
Fabricate 2017 Paper on the Elytra Pavilion Innochain ESR James Solly (ESR08), working on the research topic Virtual Prototyping FRP, presented at the Fabricate 2017 conference in Stuttgart, Germany in April 2017 alongside co-authors Marshall Prado and Moritz Doerstelmann of the ICD. Their conference paper can be found in the full proceedings (page 224), which... read more