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CurVoxels 3D Printed Cantilever Chair


CurVoxels questions how the "cantilevering chair"; Panton chair would develop when confronted with a new fabrication technique like robotic 3D printing for the Spatial Curves project. In the design applied in Spatial Curves project, by choosing the Panton chair, while at the same time there was the goal of making a new version - reinterpretation - of the Panton chair, there was also the focus on the possibility of development when applying the design method of this research on a previously existing object.


The Panton chair is voxelised, a process of dividing an object into ‘volumetric pixels’. These voxels are then translated into a basic spatial curve, which can adopt different orientations, generating an overall pattern throughout the chair. The size of the voxels changes depending on the amount of stress in the chair, distributing different material densities. When the voxels are very small, the spatial curve effectively becomes no more than a line. What appears as two different formal syntaxes, curvilinear versus linear, is actually the product of a single spatial curve on different scales. Through the first simulations, twelve different design issues where examined, of which toolpath continuity, patterns resulting from combinatorics, printability and density were the most important.

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