Harvard Graduate School of Design, Fall 2021

SCI 6317: Material Systems: Digital Design and Fabrication

Instructors: Nathan King, Zach Seibold

Team Project:
George Guida, Amelia Gan, Donyun Kim, Hye Jun Youn, Davasharee 

#Evaporative Cooling system

Modulo Continuo

Additive manufacturing technologies are enabling new forms of custom fabrication of architectural ceramic components. The recent development of industrial robotics presents new opportunities in producing complex geometries with the material affordances of clay. Modulo Continuo is a project that investigates these design and material possibilities through the use of a 5-axis ABB robot and custom clay extruder. It seeks to test the extent of part customization through the production of performative and modular facades panels. Drawing on evaporative cooling principles derived from literature reviews, combined with the material properties of terracotta, this project presents the development of a 3d printed modular units, computational workflows for custom print-toolpaths, and custom fabrication methods for printing with topological variation.

With the goal of mass-customization, several test studies of infill patterns with varying density and surface areas were conducted. Infill geometry variations based on ‘circular’ and ‘zigzag’ patterns were developed.

Results (prototypes)


Harvard Ceramics Gallery 224: Material Systems: Digital Design and Fabrication