design – material – production

design – material – production

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design results of the workshop with Sebastian Bächer and Hans Sachs

In a 5-day compact workshop, students from MCDC created several real size folded furniture prototypes from flat sheet composite materials such as DiBond®, AlucoBond® and Hylite®.

The workshop is part of the series „digital crafting“ – a methodological didactical design concept that intertwines the design and production process. While developing their individual design concepts, students focused on material properties, behavior and digital processing techniques.

Materialise Workshop

Materialise Workshop

Materialise workshop

Startup presentation

Within our Digital Fabrication Module, the M-CDC group joined an additive Manufacturing Workshop hosted by Materialise. The event took place in their headquarter in Leuven, Belgium.

Digital Fabrication in Cologne and Paderborn

Digital Fabrication in Cologne and Paderborn

Focus: Additive Manufacturing

Focus: Additive Manufacturing

The MCDC group visited Designers, Manufactures, a FabLab and a Research Institute as well as two Museums during an excursion with a focus on Additive Manufacturing.

First M-CDC graduates!

 First M-CDC graduates!

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Ceremonial hand over of the certificates

In February 2014 the first  graduates of our international Masterprogram in Computational Design and Construction received their certificates.

Computational Design

Computational Design result by Ethan Kerber

Computational Design result by Ethan Kerber

The results of the Computational Design module have been presented by MCDCs first year group. Starting from a case-study-research on an existing structure the findings of the analysis were translated into a new form-generating strategy, taking into account parameters of performance, materialization and construction.

EuroMold and Bollinger+Grohmann

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EuroMold fair in Frankfurt

The MCDC class spent two eventful and informative days in Frankfurt. The first day of our excursion we spent at the EuroMold 2013 – the worldwide leading trade fair for moldmaking and tooling, design and application development. The entire process chain from design to prototyping to series production was presented by various industries, showing the latest advances in additive and subtractive manufacturing as well as 3D-scanning and engineering software development.

M-CDC Digital Tools // Physical Systems

Digital Tools // Physical Systems

Different results derived from the same task, to design a simple 2D module that can constitute a complex 3D system

Different results derived from the same task: the design of a simple 2D-module that can constitute a complex 3D-system

In December 2013 Jens Böke gave a lecture on “Digital Tools // Physical Systems” at the Hindustan University in Chennai, India. He also hosted three Computational Design workshops, two for postgraduate as well as one for undergraduate students.

Hamburg HighRise – Building Information Modeling

Hamburg HighRise – Building Information Modeling

Design result inside Revit by Juan Sepulveda

Design carried out with Revit/Vasari by Juan Sepulveda

The aim of the exercise within the M-CDC BIM-module was to develop a design concept for a high-rise building in Hamburgs HafenCity that is based on a consistent and performative Building Information Model. The building was supposed to be deve­loped on a specific site within the HafenCity Masterplan.

M-CDC semesterstart 2013

M-CDC semesterstart 2013

this years M-CDC group

This years M-CDC group

The second year of our post-graduate Master program is up and running. We have again an enthusaistic group of students from around the world.

RhinoVAULT workshop

RhinoVAULT workshop

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structural optimization by Rodrigo Velasco

Matthias Rippmann, Co-founder of ROK architectural office and researcher in the BLOCK Research Group introduced the Rhinoceros Plug-In RhinoVAULT.

The digital tool got emerged from current research on structural form finding using the Thrust-Network-Approach to intuitively create and explore compression-only structures. Using reciprocal diagrams, it provides an intuitive, fast method, adopting the same advantages of techniques such as Graphic Statics, but offering a viable extension to fully three-dimensional problems. The goal is to share key aspects of the research in a comprehensible and transparent setup to create beautiful shapes but also to give an understanding of the underlying structural principles.

The workshop was part of our Project Construction module to support the designprojects with an additional input on structural optimization.