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Bio-Inspired 3D Printed Hygroscopic Responsive Systems

Thursday (29.09.2016)
10:30 - 10:45
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Fuse Filament Fabrication techniques and bio-inspired material organization strategies are used to 3D printed hygroscopic responsive kinematic architectural components. Without relying on complex mechanical mechanisms, failure-prone sensors, controllers or any type of external energy input, these 3D printed components are able to respond to changing humidity conditions. 3D printing methods and parametric computational tools specifically design to manipulate material deposition allow direct control and deposition variation through the highly controlled additive process. The presented projects illustrate methodologies for developing custom anisotropic composites using wood fibres and polymers available in conventional, consumer level, 3D printing applications. Proof of concept tests, applications into dual stage pine scale actuation application with partner institutions and results will be discussed in addition to technical challenges in digital fabrication, material development and system up-scaling. The presented research expands the previously developed studies by the author and corresponding institute into responsive wood veneer composite bi-layers for architectural applications using digital fabrication and industrial robotics.

David Correa
University of Stuttgart


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Präsentation The performance of the newly developed responsive 3D-printed aperture (left) as compared to the previously developed responsive veneer-composite system aperture (right) adapting to relative humidity changes: open at low relative humdity and closed at high relative humidity © ICD University of Stuttgart 3 MB Download