Ecologics: Exploring Computational Methods to Model Nature 

Prototyping, 3-D Printing, 3-D Modeling

 

This is a series of three-dimensional explorations modeling natural phenomena. Using Grasshopper and Rhino, I  parametrically generated volumetric forms based in and inspired by biomimicry and natural forms.

 Created Spring 2017

 
 

Crystallization and Swarm Behavior


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Swarm Behavior

Inspired by crystallization, this model was an exploration of interpreting individual surfaces of a form as 'agents' that change in position and scale. In the initial stage, the individual surfaces react to one another in order to minimize (or maximize) their collective volume. The form on the right is a reactionary expansion of the initial stage, created through repeated parameters. 

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Process

This project was completely designed in Grasshopper and implemented in Rhino in a course taught by Dana Cupkova. Largely, the process began with understanding swarm logic and behavior of ants- eventually transforming that logic to compare to Agent Based Modeling Systems- and finally, creating a model in Grasshopper that connected to both systems. 

 

Step 1: Optimizing Volume

To iterate, the forms would change based on the interior form. This interior form was generated via Grasshopper based on the iterations of maximizing or minimizing volume. 

Step 2: Reactionary Planes

The final form is developed in reaction to Step 1. These planes generate based on parameters adjusted while optimizing the interior volume. 
This form gives to significantly more complex surfaces and interactions- These interactions are developed in response to one another's adjusting planes.