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March 5th 2011

Fractal columns

Michael Hansmeyer had already been featured on this blog for his presentation about the use of algorithmic methods in architecture. His latest project uses a "subdivision algorithm" to create very complex shaped columns.

Digital image by Michael Hansmeyer

Michael Hansmeyer, Subdivided columns (detail)

What is nice is that he decided to build them! Apparently 3d printers can't handle such complex shapes, so he had to slice them horizontally and cut each slice separately into panels. They won't be easy to dust.

Digital image by Michael Hansmeyer

Michael Hansmeyer, Column prototype - layered model (1mm sheet)

The subdivision algorithm consists in starting from a simple 3d model build of polygons, and recursively divide each of the polygon into smaller polygons according to a fixed set of rules. These algorithms were originally invented in order to obtain smooth surfaces out of polygonal surfaces, but some elementary modification allows to generate highly complex 3d fractals. Check also how this algorithm can be applied to platonic solids.

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