Tactile Experimental Parametrics

Jun 14, 2017

Parametric modeling and assembly of curved surfaces can be difficult for students to grasp due to complex computational workflows that rely upon higher mathematics. Using readily available materials and 3D printed components, a kit for parametric curved surfaces can initiate students into this field of contemporary design using a tactile approach. Software templates then enable the students to create a digital model of their initial physical model.

The paper presents an example kit for Tactile Experimental Parametrics. It describes the concept, the parametric models of the fittings, the printing process and tools, the parametric modeling of the assemblies, and example designs produced by the students. The software tool for modeling was Autodesk Revit, and the 3D printing was done with an XYZ Print desktop printer. Workshops were conducted at Harbin Institute of Technology with students in the upper levels of the architecture program.

keywords: parametric, modeling, toy, learning, workshop

Mark J. Clayton (Texas A&M University)
Kai Xing (Harbin Institute of Technology)
Yunsong Han (Harbin Institute of Technology)
Presented at: 
ARCC 2017 Conference – Architecture of Complexity (Salt Lake City, UT)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC)
University of Utah

Community Reviews

No votes yet
Research Format: 
Research Use: 
Research Type: