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The DigiShed: a small structure designed, fabricated and assembled with three emergent digital technologies


Burnham, R and Green, R and Taylor, L and Jones, O and Wilkes, L and Stokes, K, The DigiShed: a small structure designed, fabricated and assembled with three emergent digital technologies, Engaging Architectural Science: Meeting the Challenges of Higher Density: 52nd International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2018: Proceedings, 28 November - 1 December 2018, RMIT University, pp. 169-176. ISBN 978-0-9923835-5-8 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Since 2010 the University of Tasmania, Architecture & Design has fabricated structures using a custom sheetbased digital fabrication construction system. This paper highlights how present and emergent digital technologies have been applied to the design, fabrication and assembly of a small experimental structure known as the Digished. The DigiShed has been designed to optimise the characteristics of wood-based sheet products processed with CNC-driven digital fabrication. An analytic comparison is made with an equivalent lightweight timber framed structure. Augmented Reality has been used to communicate each componentís physical location within the structure and the overall assembly sequence. The assembled DigiShed has subsequently been used as a canvas for students to investigate design parameters for a cladding system using Incremental Sheet Forming (ISF), a process where a robot arm deforms a flat metal sheet into a three-dimensional form. The paper speculates how the results of the research might be applied to larger and more complex structures.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:digital fabrication, Plywood Augmented Reality
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Design
Research Field:Data visualisation and computational (incl. parametric and generative) design
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction design
Objective Field:Residential construction design
UTAS Author:Burnham, R (Dr Richard Burnham)
UTAS Author:Green, R (Mr Robin Green)
UTAS Author:Taylor, L (Mr Lachlan Taylor)
UTAS Author:Jones, O (Miss Olivia Jones)
UTAS Author:Wilkes, L (Ms Lucy Wilkes)
UTAS Author:Stokes, K (Mr Kevin Stokes)
ID Code:130598
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2019-02-05
Last Modified:2019-10-23

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