I’ve been continuing my research into deformable structures along two lines:
1) Increased density of members/joints in order to address concerns of structural buckling.
2) Melding with systems being created by other class members/groups.
Increased Density of Members / Joints
This investigation looks at what happens if we decrease the space between joints. This would allow us to use shorter members that would be more sound against structural buckling. I’ve compared/contrasted with images of the before and after density increase and the possible configurations.
Above images show density comparisons
Higher densities mean that the overall form (without additional elements) ends up being more cave-like and wants to fall in on itself. The integration of other systems (i.e., rigid panels), however, could make this more sturdy.
These images are included just to show some of the possibilities we had with lower density.
Integration with Other Systems
In this investigation, I begin the incorporation of another system from classmates, the hyperbolic curve mechanism. Here, I have used the mechanism as the driving catalyst for kinetic activity across the structure. The profile of the system was arbitrarily selected, but can become more specific in further investigations.