Tensile structures

2011 Design Digital Fabrication Parametric Design

To begin with we have constructed several tensile torus like  structures at scale in order to get a better understanding of the phenomenon and being able to understand material properties when digitally designing a tensile installation for fabrication. Subsequently we programmed the installation using Processing.

After the design was finished a calibration script was run in order to create the correct shapes for cutting material which would be sewn together and then become the exact same structure as digitally designed. A great deal of importance lied with the material stretch tests and fine-tuning the calibration script.


Mariana Popescu, Carlos Camacho, Nikola Kovac, Nicholas Malon, Oliver Petrie, David Vu
Sean Ahlquist