In this project we explore how topology optimisation can become part of the design process. The objectives of these optimisations are basically: saving weight and material, improving stability and persistence of products. Therefore we are working with different tools who generate optimal meta-forms which can become part of our design-thinking.
For a better orientation we use an overview for all products who are influenced by static and mechanical questions. We call it:
THE WEIMAR ATLAS (of topologies)
1) LEVERS & CANTILEVERS
2) BRIDGES & CONNECTIONS
3) NODES & JOINTS
4) ENCLOSURES & FRAMEWORKS
5) SURFACES & SILOUETTES
METHOD: Every student will work every section of the Weimar Atlas within two weeks. After these two weeks, the themes are changing. We collect results. Due to the fact that design is a multi-dimensional discipline with both – emotional and rational influences the way of exploring is multimedial.
START / WARM-UP: In the first step we learn the necessary programms Rhinoceros and Grasshopper. Therefore we start with an „A-to-B“-task. The the students have to find a structure to connect two given points in a physical space. The space between A and B is about two meters long and subdevided by several gates which have to be passed. Important: the weight of the physical structure itself is part of the task.