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Digital Fabrication in Architecture

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Table of Contents

06 Introduction 14 A brief history 20 Fabricating architecture in the digital age 24 About this book 25 Getting started 26 Digital tools and machines for fabrication 30 GENERATION 32 Introduction 34 CAD 40 NURBS 44 Meshes 49 Curvilinear formations 54 Parametric and generative design 60 Algorithmic architecture 66 Morphogenesis 74 INTEGRATION 76 Introduction 77 Hybrid techniques 84 Non-standard design and mass customization 88 Digital fabrication principles 90 Laser cutting 96 CNC milling and routing 102 Rapid protoyping 108 3D scanning 111 Robotics 116 STRATEGIES 118 Introduction 120 Non-linearity and indeterminacy 121 Digital tooling 130 Contouring 140 Folding 148 Forming 158 Sectioning 166 Tiling 176 Future fabrication of architecture 184 Conclusion 186 Glossary 187 Further reading 188 Index 192 Acknowledgements

About the Author

Nick Dunn is a Principal Lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture. His primary research interests are in the fields of visualization, modelling, mapping, representation in architecture, infrastructure and urbanism. His publications include Architectural Modelmaking (2010) and the co-authored Urban Maps: Instruments of Narrative and Interpretation in the City (2011).

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