3D Printing // Spring Joints

Our main purpose is to test the bending capacity of the material according to different forms. The starting point was the plain form of a spring and its multiple profiles. This allowed us to test the different possible geometries and come to conclusion on which of them have more capacities on extending, bending and supporting rigidly the structure. The forms were modeled in Grasshopper and as a consequence they could be changed with different parameters like the number of turns of the helix and the dimensions of its profile. Continuously, we developed a new form which derived from this knowledge. This joint consists of an outer deformed helix which is connected to two inner ones which hold the 6mm bars. The parameters which influence the final printed forms is the maximum diameter of the center of the helix, the number of turns in all the three of them, the dimensions of the swiping profile and the height of the inner ones. From start the form which can be achieved using these joints and flexible bars was a geometrical form which could be deformed in a flexible way. That is to say, after deforming it, it can get back to its original shape.

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