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Digital fabrication in architecture

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Published
Publication date2012
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherLaurence King
Number of pages192
ISBN (Print)9781856698917
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The logical progression from his previous title, ‘Architectural Modelmaking’, this book investigates the extended toolkit available to designers via digital design and fabrication processes and techniques, and their application in relation to architecture. The proliferation of advanced modelling software and hardware has enabled architects and students to conceive and create designs that would be very difficult to do using more traditional methods. The use of CAD technologies in the production of physical models, prototypes and individual elements is increasingly widespread through processes such as CAD/CAM, CNC milling and rapid prototyping. This translation of computer generated data to physical artefact can also be reversed with devices such as a digitiser, which traces the contours of physical objects directly into the computer. 

Following a brief introduction, the book is divided into three sections: Generation, Integration and Strategies. This book focuses on the inspiring possibilities for architecture that can be achieved with all the different technologies and techniques available for making complete designs or their components.