This study examines the possibility of producing a 3-dimensionally complex surface from a planar material, in this case 16 GA aluminum sheet. Through the sequential processes of scoring, cutting, bending and riveting the aluminum is developed into a multifaceted surface with the specific application of producing an articulated wall panel for specifically reflecting and absorbing sound.

The full-scale prototype was first laser cut from 1/8” thick planar aluminum sheet, creating the necessary unfolded shapes. Each piece was also perforated in such a way as to create folded tabs for the rivet connections. In order to properly fit the pieces together pieces were assembled from the middle to the perimeter, tolerances were made up by the connection tabs along the perimeter ensuring that the panel would fit together properly.

Digital Fabrication Study
Operations: scoring, cutting, bending, riveting
Project Date: Fall 2008