3D printable fabric


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Creating a parametrically designed 3d printable fabric with the chainmill method from different shapes using Grasshopper.

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Displaying different approaches and solutions how to design the fabric.

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One – bracket connection


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Bracket connection

starting with a hexagonal grid. offsetting it and dispatch the segments

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creating the bracket and the clamp by moving the segments and connecting the end points

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extruding the base and use pipe-component for the segmented lines

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Two – hexagonal structure


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Hexagonal interlocking structure

starting with a grid again and offsetting it multiple times

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creating intersecting circles and move them upwards create multiple circles

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divide and rotate curves (circle and hexagonal) and connecting the lines for the circular structure

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divide curves again (no rotation) and connecting the lines for the supporting structure

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using control point component and interpolate for smooth curves

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using pipe component to extrude the curves and colorize it
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Connections – for seamless additions

creating rotating rectangles and solidify them. finally perform boolean operation


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Mesh Pipes

script also works with mesh / multipipes

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Three – rectangular structure


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also works with rectangles

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Four – the other way round

creating just one cell

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… & move it to several points

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faster editing and easier managable

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Five – model photos

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Grasshopper File 3d fabric hex
Add-On Pufferfish by ekimroyrp