Week 5: Structurally Optimized or Generative Chair

Introduction: Week 5: Structurally Optimized or Generative Chair

This week's assignment was to create a structurally optimized or generative chair.

Supplies

Autodesk Fusion 360 (Education License)

3D printer

filament

Step 1: Topology Optimization

I followed the steps of topology optimization in the class:

1) Create a sketch followed by extrusion.
2) Specify the structural loads.
3) Specify the regions of the model to be preserved.
4) Perform a solve operation
5) Render & Print

* After topology optimization, my chair model's side lines became wiggly. The actual printed result doesn't look as smooth as the rendering result.

Step 2: Generative Design

I first downloaded a faceted chair design file from the following website: https://a360.co/39VLVf7. Then I followed the instructions from the class. I didn't use enough obstacles for the first trial, so the software generated structures on top of the seat. For the second trial, I added more obstacles so that it won't generate anything on the seat. The result is quite satisfying, but I am running one more study with more obstacles in the bottom.

Step 3: Printed Results

I have printed two chairs. The one on the left was printed with tree support, but one on the right was printed without support, which made edges not clean.

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    4 Comments

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    soniahashim
    soniahashim

    1 year ago

    Jungah thanks for sharing this work! I really like the chairs you designed and your approach. You've a great eye as a designer

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    jas0126
    jas0126

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you Sonia. I always appreciate your encouragement T_T

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    mengjiazhu
    mengjiazhu

    1 year ago

    Thanks for sharing! I remembered that you mentioned about wanting some materials to be formed underneath the chair. I think it might be useful to try to use 'starting shape'. I think this body specification will ask the algorithm to generate stuff in the shape you specified.

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    jas0126
    jas0126

    Reply 1 year ago

    Oh I see.. Thank you Mengjia! I will try that!! :D