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id ecaade2016_169
authors Garcia, Manuel Jimenez
year 2016
title Soft Modelling - Open source Java application for flexible structural systems
source Herneoja, Aulikki; Toni Österlund and Piia Markkanen (eds.), Complexity & Simplicity - Proceedings of the 34th eCAADe Conference - Volume 2, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland, 22-26 August 2016, pp. 265-274
wos WOS:000402064400026
summary Contemporary advanced simulation software allow for a higher accuracy in the understanding of material behaviour. The increase in computational power is enabling designers to get much closer to real time physical simulations, which facilitates the inheritance of those tools in their design workflows.However, the use of those tools is normally limited to a series of specific steps within the entire workflow, rather than a feature integrated in the design process itself.Softmodelling is an open source Java application which aims to bridge this gap by seamlessly integrating physical simulations in every step of the design process, giving designers the ability to not only test structural behaviours of a given output, but also allow them to design while taking both structural stability and material behaviour into account at every stage.This paper will discuss the design and evolution of the software, as well as showcase physical prototypes which explore the possibilities of such design methods. These projects are fundamental in materialising the evolution of Softmodelling, towards becoming an application that does not only enable the design of flexible elements, but also facilitates their manufacturing and assembly into large scale structures.
keywords Particle-spring systems; Dynamic relaxation; Physics Simulation; Flexible materials; Discrete Computation; Open source; Design Software
series eCAADe
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