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The third and last Digital Fabrication assignment it’s done, our task was to revisit the famous Panot hexagonal cement floor tile designed by Gaudi in 1904 and generate our own design tile with new technologies like the CNC milling machine.

The task began with the development of the pattern as a three dimensional treatment of the top surface of the tile considering a height restriction, the channeling of water through the tile and the possible connection to our own or others tiles.

Our design was generated from two spirals, each in different direction, that meet in the center. This lines are then carefully projected to a cone that thanks to its slope water can be drained out. Also a special piece of wood is laser cut with the team’s fingerprints design to put it in the mold when casting to achieve an extra pattern.

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The Metamorphosis project is a series of geometrical moments obtained by stretching an assemblage of arched rods. There are 3 types of 3D-printed joints: the base joint (B) fixes the structure to the board, the “plug” joint (A) slots in and twist-locks into the base joint, and the ”slider” (C) connects and moves along two adjacent rods. The geometrical moments can be created by changing the position of the plug joint in the board, or also by moving the base joint into the laser-cut holes. The chosen arrangement either expands or contracts the shape of the metamorphosing caterpillar whilst the slider deforms the body in various axes. Finally, the addition of a hinge in the board allows for the compression of the structure at an different angles. Combining 3 different strategies, the object (or parts of it) can be stretched compressed and twisted into an infinite number of geometries.

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Our main idea is to explore the potentiality and limitations that the material could achieve, through theoretical study and various practical tests.

We enclose our research in 5 key points that have helped us to work with a scientific method through this research:
We decided to follow the angle connection (zip tensile forces) after searching and tried different types of joints and cuts in order to obtain different movements and stiffness.
Using 3D models we designed the general form of our tower, trying to push it to the maximum limit towards the research of materiality through the form.
After creating different models, we chose the best one that could answer to our research; we proceeded to the drawing of the flat surfaces and the design of the differents base and height connections.

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