The Water Cube Olympic swimming pool in Beijing and the walkable roller coaster Tiger & Turtle in Duisburg clearly show that the structure and shape of buildings have left the geometric limits of straight angles and parallel walls and ceilings a long way behind. Different organic shapes and bizarre-looking designs – fantasies in the minds of designers and architects turned reality – are possible thanks to the methods of parametric design.
With the help of CAD systems, designers and architects can create and design products and buildings in virtual space. Complex shapes and structures are no longer just in the mind of the designer, but are becoming visible on the screen. However, unusual shapes are like special components that can hardly be produced automatically and are therefore very costly to manufacture. A construction method is needed that will allow a wide variety of designs to be created while at the same time enabling these to be produced cost-effectively.
Innovative concepts: the unique design opens up unlimited design possibilities
The digitalization of planning and implementation processes increases economic efficiency. Scripted geometric models are much cheaper than special components produced conventionally. It is possible to reduce the variety of components and to simplify the geometry and the details without having to simplify the overall form. On the contrary, once the models are stored in the computer, the design can be modified directly on the screen by simply changing the numerical values or using a different combination of parameters. The 3D software used is the same as for creating animations.
Digital production: the software transfers the geometry of the structure directly to the parallel kinematic system's motion paths.
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