Nano Micro Macro 2014: Selected Student Projects

Nano | Micro | Macro explored design research methods and techniques through the microcosm of newly emerging biologically inspired material systems and their applications in buildings. Focused on technologies and systems developed by researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, the course served as an interdisciplinary platform for students to interact with material scientist and engineers from Wyss. The course introduced ideas-to-innovation processes in a hands-on, project/product focused manner. Emphasis is on the use of ‘inspirational objects’ – somewhat autonomous, artistic artifacts that balance thematic effects with promising, real-world opportunities.

Professor: Martin Bechthold

Teaching Fellow: Daekwon Park


Project Name: AdvanSeat

Group: Ana Garcia, Juhun lee, Wenting Guo, Patricia Correa AdvanSeat is chair concept utilizing an advanced technology for thermo-regulating. The study responds to a general need for an approach to improving the efficiency of local, body-centric cooling systems and reducing cooling energy consumption. Material properties play an important role in insulation and controlling heat transfer rates. PHASE CHANGING MATERIALS (PCM) are capable of storing and releasing large amounts of energy during a phase change from liquid to solid and vice versa. PCM’s are classified as latent heat storage (LHS) units. By applying PCM to a chair seat in direct proximity to the human body, the chair absorbs heat from and releases heat to the occupant while maintaining a surface temperature that meets human thermal comfort for approximately 3-6 hours. This property makes it an ideal material for chairs in spaces that are occupy only temporarily. A voronoi pattern was designed to map out a series of pockets with various heights, allowing varying amounts of PCM to be distributed according to the body heat map and the ergonomic pressure distributions from the occupant.

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Project Name: MAGNO 

Group: Olga Mesa, Malika Singh, Saurabh Mhatre

The study develops an interior wall system that responds to exterior environmental forces such as wind and rain. In this particular product wind activates the exterior facade to transform the interior surface through magnetic technology without envelope penetrations.
The study targets designers and artists who would like to specify interactive products for their building projects and art installations.


Project Name: Tangible Light

Group:Tiffany Chen, Mark Eichler, Jeonghyun Kim, Seungho Park


Project Name: Bio Skin

Group: Carlos Gonzalez, Lining Yao, Nicholas Jacobson, Tony Chao

Inheriting PDMS microfluidic technology from the Lewis Lab at Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, this project seeks to integrate fashion with physiological performance benefits. Thin sheet PDMS is an ideal for application to the human body due to its flexible and elastic properties, with minimal processing a water tight bond can be created. By layering sheets of PDMS with custom cut patterns we can direct the flow of water between sheets and retain the flexible elastic nature of PDMS. With this technology we can identify vascular patterns near the skin and directly heat or cool though the flow of liquids. In addition to controlling the temperature of liquids we are able to control the color and location of color in the PDMS skin. Therefore we can directly link fashion to performance creating a new concept in wearable technology.


Project Name: Fluid Form

Group: Kurt Fischer, Jonathan Grinham, J. Mansfield, Puja Patel

Ferro-Tiles is a molding agent that allows for variable pattern casting through magnetic nano-particles in fluid suspension and magnetic force density manipulation. The capacity to form intricate spike and labyrinth packing structures from ferrohydrodynamic instabilities is well recognized in popular science. We report a casting system that is able to produce periodic and non-periodic structures at micron to millimeter feature sizes by casting a variety of low viscosity materials into these patterns. Furthermore, by modulating the magnetic field density of each cast, we demonstrate repeatable and predicable pattern generation. To date, the casting system has been implemented in a variety of material including, thermoplastics, ceramics, and cements. Speculative commercial applications include, extracellular matrices, architectural tiling, graphic signage, and acoustic insulating panels.


Project Name: Flex_Marks

Group: Tristan Mcguire, Christine Min, Rachel Moranis, Catherine Soderburg

This project was using a thermo-chromatic pigment on a PDMS surface with variable density. The color of the surface would change according to exposed temperature. A warm temperature would result in a lighter color, while the vibrant color would result from being exposed to colder temperatures.


Project Name: Steam W-Ink

Group: Ling-Li Zeng, Jie Xie, Yingyi Wang, Jili Wang

W-INK exploits the chemical and optical properties of precisely nanostructured materials to distinguish liquids by their surface tension. By applying the technology, the team develops three design proposals including product scale and architecture scale namely Cloud Panel, Coloration Lamp and a Growing Wall..
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Ceramic
MaP+S / ITE Research Pavillion: Structural Ceramics
Brick Geometries: 5-Axis Additive Manufacturing for Architecture
MArch | Thesis
Ceramic, Design Robotics
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Cevisama
Ceramic
Ceramic Morphologies
Exploring Adaptivity
ALivE Project
Exploring Adaptivity
Interactive 3D Ceramic Printing: Sydney RobArch Workshop 2016
Ceramic, Design Robotics
Interactive 3D Ceramic Printing: Sydney RobArch Workshop 2016
Extruded Tessellation: Ceramic Tectonics
Cevisama
Ceramic
Extruded Tessellation: Ceramic Tectonics
ALivE Exhibition: Auxetic Surfaces
ALivE Project
ALivE Exhibition: Auxetic Surfaces
Ceramic Material Systems
Ceramic
Ceramic Material Systems
Protoceramics: Tile Tectonics
Cevisama
Ceramic
Protoceramics: Tile Tectonics
Ceramic Re:Visions: 2015 Cevisama
Ceramic
Ceramic Re:Visions: 2015 Cevisama
Protoceramics: Preview Cevisama 2015
Ceramic
Protoceramics: Preview Cevisama 2015
Dynamic Daylight Control System
ALivE Project
Dynamic Daylight Control System
Ceramic Shell @ Cevisama 2014
Ceramic
Ceramic Shell @ Cevisama 2014
GSD student work on ceramics in WIRED
Ceramic
GSD student work on ceramics in WIRED
ALivE Exhibition @ Invivia
ALivE Project
ALivE Exhibition @ Invivia
DRG at the 2013 Milan MADE Expo
Ceramic
DRG at the 2013 Milan MADE Expo
Form|Rule|RuleForm
Design Robotics
Form|Rule|RuleForm
Robotic Casting | Toyohashi, Japan, 2013
Ceramic, Design Robotics
Robotic Casting | Toyohashi, Japan, 2013
(Re)Thinking the Brick
Ceramic
(Re)Thinking the Brick
Public Lectures CalPoly / LBNL
ALivE Project, Design Robotics
Robotic Casting | RobArch 2012
Design Robotics
Robotic Casting | RobArch 2012
Surfacing Stone
Design Robotics
Surfacing Stone
4th Wyss Institute retreat – DRG presentation
ALivE Project
4th Wyss Institute retreat – DRG presentation
DRG Life Cycle Design Exhibition at the GSD
DRG Life Cycle Design Exhibition at the GSD
ACADIA 2012 – DRG presentations
Design Robotics
Nathan King to speak at Penn State
Design Robotics
Nathan King to speak at Penn State
Sky Garden
Ceramic
Sky Garden
Tectonics Tessellation: Ceramic Structural Surfaces
Ceramic
Tectonics Tessellation: Ceramic Structural Surfaces
CeramicsLAB student work featured in MISC article
Ceramic
CeramicsLAB student work featured in MISC article
Flowing Matter
Ceramic
Flowing Matter
Adaptive Materials now called Adaptive Living Environments (ALivE)
ALivE Project
Adaptive Materials now called Adaptive Living Environments (ALivE)
Robot Motion Controller
Design Robotics
Robot Motion Controller
RoboKline
Design Robotics
RoboKline
Metal Sky
Design Robotics
Metal Sky
Flexible Tooling
Design Robotics
Flexible Tooling
SmartGeometry 2012: Ceramics 2.0
Ceramic, Design Robotics
SmartGeometry 2012: Ceramics 2.0
3-D Printing Ceramics
Ceramic, Design Robotics
3-D Printing Ceramics
Robotic Tile Placement
Ceramic, Design Robotics
Robotic Tile Placement
CNC Symposium, Norwich University
Design Robotics
Keynote at Qualicer Conference in Castellon, Spain.
Ceramic
Ceramic LAB students featured at Cevisama 2012
Ceramic
Ceramic LAB students featured at Cevisama 2012
Ceramic Futures featured at Cevisama 2012
Ceramic
Ceramic Futures featured at Cevisama 2012
Ceramic LAB students featured at Cevisama 2012
Ceramic
Ann Arbor Municipal Center Sculpture
Design Robotics