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The DigiShed: a small structure designed, fabricated and assembled with three emergent digital technologies

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Burnham, R ORCID: 0000-0001-8968-2041, Green, R, Taylor, L, Jones, O, Wilkes, L and Stokes, K 2018 , 'The DigiShed: a small structure designed, fabricated and assembled with three emergent digital technologies', in R Rajagopalan and MM Andamon (eds.), Engaging Architectural Science: Meeting the Challenges of Higher Density: 52nd International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2018: Proceedings , Architectural Science Association and RMIT, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 169-176 .

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Abstract

Since 2010 the University of Tasmania, Architecture & Design has fabricated structures using a custom sheetbased digital fabrication construction system. This paper highlights how present and emergent digital technologies havebeen applied to the design, fabrication and assembly of a small experimental structure known as the Digished. The DigiShedhas been designed to optimise the characteristics of wood-based sheet products processed with CNC-driven digitalfabrication. An analytic comparison is made with an equivalent lightweight timber framed structure. Augmented Reality hasbeen used to communicate each component’s physical location within the structure and the overall assembly sequence.The assembled DigiShed has subsequently been used as a canvas for students to investigate design parameters for acladding system using Incremental Sheet Forming (ISF), a process where a robot arm deforms a flat metal sheet into athree-dimensional form. The paper speculates how the results of the research might be applied to larger and more complexstructures.

Item Type: Conference Publication
Authors/Creators:Burnham, R and Green, R and Taylor, L and Jones, O and Wilkes, L and Stokes, K
Keywords: digital fabrication, Plywood Augmented Reality
Journal or Publication Title: Engaging Architectural Science: Meeting the Challenges of Higher Density: 52nd International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2018: Proceedings
Publisher: Architectural Science Association and RMIT
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Copyright 2018 The Architectural Science Association and RMIT University

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