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The DigiShed

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posted on 2023-05-25, 09:27 authored by Richard BurnhamRichard Burnham, Agrawal, R, Ong, J, Zhou, J, Durbin, K, Katelyn White, Chong, RS, Lachlan Taylor, Jones, O, Wilkes, L, Stokes, KW

The Digished structure is sheet-based, assembled entirely from CNC milled plywood components. The research aims of the structure were to design and fabricate a semi-monocoque structure that optimises the inherent characteristics of plywood and eliminates an independent structural frame. A comparative analysis with an equivalent traditional lightweight timber framed structure built in accordance with Australian Standard 1684 found that the sheet-based alternative was more efficient, both in terms of material usage and structural rigiidity.

The cladding is created using a technique called Incremental Sheet Forming, where a robot arm with a spherical tool gradually presses into a flat sheet, deforming and stretching the material to create a threedimensionaltexture. The research aim was to create a viable cladding system based on a textural image, in this case an image of spume passing down the Cataract Gorge.

History

Medium

Digitally fabricated shed

Department/School

School of Architecture and Design

Publisher

University of Tasmania

Extent

9

Event Venue

Junction Arts Festival, Princes Square, Launceston, Tasmania

Date of Event (Start Date)

2021-09-01

Date of Event (End Date)

2021-09-05

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Construction design not elsewhere classified; Metals; Timber materials

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    Non-traditional research outputs

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