COMPUTER DESIGN AND DIGITAL MANUFACTUR- ING OF FOLDED ARCHITECTURAL STRUCTURES COMPOSED OF WOOD PANELS
The research presented in this paper revolves around the experimental development of the morpho-structural potential of folded architectural structures made of wood. We study the architectural de- sign process from parametric modelling, through CNC machining and assembly operations to production. We explore the relationship be- tween the design of a 3D digital model, building of an experimental pavilion by simulation and the manufacturing processes. The aims are to develop an innovative system for timber used in sustainable con- struction and to increase the inventory of wood architectural tecton- ics. Laminated timber panels associated with the "digital production line" approach have opened up new perspectives for the building in- dustry in creating prefabricated wooden structures. In this article, we offer to characterize the digital chain congenial to the development of non-standard folded structures which consist of wood panels by way of a full-scale application case study. We present a digital model which describes and creates a structural and architectural folded shape by configuring the different database parameters. This model can be used as a gateway between architectural and engineering dis- ciplines.
Keywords: Architecture, folded structure, robotic fabrication, compu- tational design, parametric modeling, wood panels.