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id ecaadesigradi2019_630
authors Saad, Carla
year 2019
title If Only Wood Could Speak... - Explorations in digital fabrication processes based on timber grain and patterns
source Sousa, JP, Xavier, JP and Castro Henriques, G (eds.), Architecture in the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution - Proceedings of the 37th eCAADe and 23rd SIGraDi Conference - Volume 3, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, 11-13 September 2019, pp. 227-234
summary This paper presents an exploration following wood patterns applied to traditional woodworking techniques such as steam bending and carving. It builds on a digital fabrication process where the patterns that are unique to each wood strip and which constitutes their structural geometry are also used within fabrication processes and applied machinery such as the zund machine. The experiments were done in two series where the earlier set focuses on routing along the wood patterns of thin wood strips and steam bending the different pieces. The second set experimented with carving thick wood strips on passes generated from the extracted patterns. An automated technique based in computer vision and specifically OpenCV was developed using different filters in order to extract the patterns and transfer the results into CAD software where the lines where further manipulated for variable exploration. The results of this study led to a better understanding of wood patterns from a geometrical perspective thus enriching the aesthetic composition of a design while being authentic to the unique nature of each piece of wood.
keywords Timber; pattern recognition; grain; image; carving ; digital fabrication
series eCAADeSIGraDi
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