digi-fab tile

The design idea used to create the tile was a method of force fields. In creating this seamless pattern, multiple spin forces were merged together and the effect of field lines was extended for better visualization and incorporation into the water evacuation system. Every line of the system is represented as an “escaping” curve. Each point tries to get away from the force field quickly, leaving those paths behind and creating the data tree structure. By using a Grasshopper script and adjusting parameters of length, force, radius, distance in between, a controlled distortion was created according to the given field lines and corresponding force center. The tile is divided into 3 parts according to the water evacuation points on the external edges: 2, 3 and 4. The force fields were placed accordingly on splines starting from these points of reference. The slope of the tile decreases gradually outwards following the rhythm of the water canals and pattern, enhancing the water evacuation. When arranged together, the evacuation points of each tile line up to create a continuous pattern. Once designed, the tile's milling strategy of horizontal roughing and parallel finishing was determined throuh repeated experimentation with RhinoCam. The foam mold was milled with a ShopBot, after which it was filled with a concrete mixture to cast the individual tiles.







Type: research project | digital fabrication, CNC milling


Developed at: IaaC | Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia


Date: December 2013, Barcelona, Spain


Team: Ramin Shambayati

            Akanksha Rathee

            Aga Jz