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Swirl Stone


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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IMG_4678IMG_6291IMG_6296IMG_7544IMG_7555After having attempted few different ways of build it, we found out the best qualities of the plywood in this dimension and this thickness. The right qualities to go for the main goal of the term, as high as possible. Because of this, and so where dimensions have a big value, the first thing to look for was the stability by interlocking , in order not to permit any movement to the structure; indeed it has such a compact shape that you can even lie it horizontally without any movement. We reach this point, as said, focusing on the force to pressure that a wood can have if placed vertically, strong like a stone, but at the same time the minimum of electromotive force, in fact used in small pieces, to give it extreme stability and not to be too stressed to break. Connecting with these use of materials we though the puzzle joints as another flexible part to help and exploit the wood’s tension.

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