The main aim was to invent the biggest bookcase, which is possible to assemble from typical dimensions of plywood boards. Then the goal was to achieve a minimal weight for the material structure. After that, I want to make an algorithm with the variable parameters of the shape. Change the parameters, change the expression.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Amheba could change its shape in the course of the designing process, thanks to defining parameters. Concept of Topological optimization is used for lightening the structure. This organic shape is driven by algorithm, which contains parameters and set of rules. Lighweight structure is easily transferable and dismantled. No chemical joints are used for the ecology aspect of the project.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Very interesting thing is a manipulation and transportation. Each 2,5 meters long piece is possible to carry by oneself without any problem thanks to the optimization holes, which reduces the weight. Segments of bookcase are inserted together like a big jigsaw. Despite the dimensions of assembled bookcase, it is possible to handle the composing process by only one person.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project started in July 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic and finished with final prototype in October 2016.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The bookcase is made from a birch plywood with a thickness measuring 18 mm. Technology of the digital fabrication was used for the realization of this project. Whole process was driven only in computers. Technical documentation was not necessary. The information data for the fabrication was sent to the CNC machine. Not five, but only three axis are enough for manufacture. Surfaces are clear coated. It is possible to try staining for different colors of the wood, in the future.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The main dimensions are: Width: 2550 mm, Depth: 570 mm, Height: 2100 mm. Because this project is generated from the script, it is possible to change any parameters and get new variant for the individual demand.
parametric design, generative design, generative furniture, topology optimisation, CNC, digital fabrication, plywood
The main topic of research for this kind of furniture was parametric design and topology optimization. Searching for combination of similar methods in furniture was first step of the process. Similar application was found only in other fields like industrial design or civil engineering. The goal was to imitate this technique for the furniture industry.
The most harder part of designing process was the part of scripting. This was very time consuming and inefficient at the beginning. When the script was finished and complete, it works in opposite way. New shape of bookcase is generated in few seconds. Now it is maximal effective way of designing new variant with different thickness of material or dimensions of whole parts.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Account manager: Veronika Chaloupková and Fabrication: Scenografie s.r.o.
Image #1: Photographer Tomáš Souček, Product photo, 2016.
Image #2: Photographer Tomáš Souček, Product photo, 2016.
Image #4: Photographer Tomáš Souček, Product photo, 2016.