Jeannye Dudley

Project Architect
Stanley Beaman Sears
Atlanta Georgia

My passion is geometry, art and architecture. With each project I search for ways explore creativity and complexity. Over the past year I investigated computational designs using 3d parametric software GRASSHOPPER from Rhino v5. Once the geometry was in the computer, it became necessary to learn about mesh geometry for rendering with the software, Luxology and VRay for Rhino. I am fascinated by the new medium of 3D printing and how this methodology may inform architecture design and fabrication. The design parameters are shifting towards an accurate transfer of digital data from the tool maker to the product builder. Product fabrication pricing structure may be driven by material density and volume making COMPLEXITY ESSENTIALLY FREE.

Half Diagrid on Sphere
Half Diagrid on Sphere
5" in diameter
Model in Rhino and Grasshopper Rendering in VRay

The primary sphere solid (Rhino NURBS Geometry) was used as the target surface for this pattern. Next the surface was divided into a diagrid pattern (GRASSHOPPER parametric modeler) that converged at the top and bottom of the sphere. Then the one half of the diagrid was populated with a constant diameter pipe. the central tube serve to stiffen the shape. all the geometry was joined by Boolean union into a single water tight shape. It was nice to learn that the same render geometry mesh may be used for visualization with Vray and 3D printing from Shapeways. The 3DP mesh has less than 1 million faces. Density and volume was calculated during upload for 3DP. Goal - Search for the optimal shape because - COMPLEXITY'S ESSENTIALLY FREE.