Architectural free-form surfaces made easy
Contemporary architecture has its share of free-form shapes, but they are challenging in terms of production. For instance, the architect has no direct control on the end product because the accuracy according to the CAD model is limited. Also, transportation is difficult and expensive due to the size and weight of the prefabricated free-forms. The EU-funded i-Contour project has a solution. It will develop a technology to design and produce large 3D free-forms at 90 % lower cost. Specifically, the project’s innovation will include an own-developed front-end software – a plug-in for Rhinoceros software – and an innovative 3D bending machine for plastics. It will also make it possible to have real-time control over the overall process.
Fields of science
- natural sciencescomputer and information sciencessoftwaresoftware development
- social scienceseconomics and businessbusiness and managementbusiness models
- engineering and technologyenvironmental engineeringenergy and fuels
- engineering and technologymechanical engineeringmanufacturing engineeringadditive manufacturing
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