Metamaterial computation and fabrication of auxetic patterns for architecture.

Roberto Naboni, Lorenzo Mirante

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The paper investigates the potential of auxetics in architectural applications by means of computational design and additive manufacturing. This class of metamaterials expresses interesting behaviour related to the unusual characteristics of a negative Poisson’s ratio. Different patterns have been studied through a design workflow based on parametric software and the use of Particle Spring systems to support the form-finding process of bending-active auxetic structures. An advanced understanding of their bending capacity is explored with the use of variable infill patterns informed by structural analysis. Furthermore, principles for the design and fabrication of auxetic gridshells are discussed.

Auxetics, Computational Design, Form-Finding, Synclastic Shell, 3D-printing
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIGraDi 2015, XIX Congress of the Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics
Place of PublicationFlorianopolis
Publication dateNov 2015
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes
SeriesBlucher Design Proceedings


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