Parametric Modelling: Bridging the Gap between Design Concept and Construction
One of the key collaborators that Tilt is working closely with is Paul Wintour from Parametric Monkey. We sat down with Paul to better understand parametric modelling and digital fabrication and discuss his part in this exciting project.
What is Parametric Modelling and Digital Fabrication?
Parametric modelling is the creation of a digital model that helps improve the way buildings are designed and built. When combined with design-to-fabrication workflows, it closes the gap between the digital model and the physical construction process. This entire process is known as digital fabrication.
As Paul explains it, an algorithm is written based on a set of rules. This algorithm, known as a ‘script’, is created based on a rigorous design methodology and shows how a building, based on these rules, will look. Once the algorithm has been written, the value of the variables can
be adjusted and those changes will be reflected in the model of the building. Using parametric modelling, Paul explains, “accelerates traditionally complex modelling processes and allows exploration of ideas to move on quickly if a design is not going to work.”
How does it help?
For this particular project, parametric modelling serves as a strong link between the architect and the Tilt team. fjmt are renowned for their geometrically interesting building forms and Tilt are experts in industrial manufacturing, bringing the architects’ designs to life.
The UTS Central project has a layer of geometric complexity with many non-standard elements that would take months of man hours to design, document and manufacture. Parametric modelling speeds up the process to enable a faster construction process, minimise resources, and use material-specific design solutions.
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