Parametric

Parametric design is a process based on algorithmic thinking that enables the expression of parameters and rules that, together, define, encode and clarify the relationship between design intent and design response.

Parametric design is a paradigm in design where the relationship between elements is used to manipulate and inform the design of complex geometries and structures.

The term parametric originates from mathematics (parametric equation) and refers to the use of certain parameters or variables that can be edited to manipulate or alter the end result of an equation or system. While today the term is used in reference to computational design systems, there are precedents for these modern systems in the works of architects such as Antoni Gaudí, who used analog models to explore design space.

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Auxetica™

Panels, Cables, Frame, Spools, Electronics, Power Supply

Auxetica™ a kinetic ceiling that reacts to human traffic. The kinetic ceiling is actuated with a microcontroller and a self-detecting camera module. The design of the ceiling utilises auxetic geometry to create a fabric-like stretch in a grid of inelastic panels. The triangles are pulled by cables and controlled by stepper motors. 

The stepper drivers act as the medium between the microcontroller and the stepper motors. They help to relay commands from the microcontroller to allow the stepper to move as desired. They are programmed to contour and follow traffic when humans walk under the ceiling – simply put, a ceiling that follows you.

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Auxetica™
Kinetic Ceiling
AntiCAD, Singapore

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Diffusr™

3mm Plywood, Threaded Rod

Diffusr™ is an interior façade cladding product that diffuses light and sound through its placement of small apertures in response to room conditions.

The structure of the cladding adopts an efficient use of material and forms a tectonic network where each panel shares its attachment rods with each of its neighbours. This structural network allows the product to take on a low-polygon, mesh-like appearance whereby the cladding surface is reconstructed with a screen of unique quadrilateral shapes.

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Diffusr™
AntiCAD, Singapore

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Fabrix™

Curved Ceiling made using Fabrix, a fabric system that uses proprietary polymer tracks to construct acoustic panels

Fabrix™ can be used to create freeform fabric surfaces. The fabric tracks have a small gap cut intermittently cross-wise, to allow them to flex to the correct curvature. The panels can be made to simulate complex topographies such as convex, concave, and saddle point surfaces.

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The Great Wave off Kanagawa
Aural-Aid HQ, Singapore

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HYPERPOLYPS

Metal Sheets, Rivets

HYPERPOLYPS™ is a variable installation that grows according to function, colour and scale. Inspired by the intersections in bubble clusters, these intersections are given a thickness and the meshes are then relaxed. By relaxing the mesh, a minimum surface is produced at the struts to produce an organic form and minimise the material required. The naked edges of these struts are then rounded off into organic polyp-like forms as observed in corals.

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HYPERPOLYPS
AntiCAD, Singapore

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Iris™

0.3mm Aluminium Fins, Outer Ring, Stationary Ring, Gears, Arms

Iris™ was inspired by the aperture mechanism found in camera lenses. The aperture can be operated in two different ways, either manually or powered by an Arduino Uno micro-controller board. We made a lever which allows the 22 arms to rotate the flexible aluminium blades to open the aperture.

The aluminium blades are made by etching. The design of the blades were generated using a 3D-modelling software to ensure smooth movement as they pan and slide across one another when the outer gear is rotated.

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Iris™
AntiCAD, Singapore

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Köral™

Fabrix tracks, 3D-Printed Joints, Substrate 

The acoustic sculpture is generated using mathematical principles underlying natural forms. Like a wavy coral reef, Köral™ is based on hyperbolic geometry; it grows exponentially outwards, creating excessive folds to increase surface area for sound absorption. An earth-friendly and sustainable acoustic substrate is inserted between colourful fabric—from the Fabrix paneling system—that skins the sculpture. The result is an experimental collaborative art work that marries striking design, acoustic performance, and innovation.

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Köral™
Enjoy the Silence, Singapore
TakahashiLim A+D x AntiCAD

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Magnetix™

Magnetic Receiver, Steel Ball, Threaded Rod

A neodymium magnetic receiver is attached to the base of the surface to couple with a neodymium threaded ball.

The magnetic ball receives an M6 threaded rod that is secured to a base board for mounting.

This mounting mechanism allows individual panels to swivel independently about its center of gravity.

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Magnetix™
Ball Joint
AntiCAD, Singapore

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P1™

2D populated surface with Voronoi diagram on neodymium magnets

P1™ is prototype no.1 created at AntiCAD and is based on a Voronoi diagram.

A curved surface is mapped with a voronoi diagram and planarized. The planarized surfaces are laser cut onto brightly colored wood or acrylic sheets and laminated with a finish of choice. The vivid colors are revealed at the edges of the planarized surfaces.

A neodymium magnetic receiver is attached the base of the surface to couple with a neodymium threaded ball. The magnetic ball receives an M4 or M6 threaded rod that is secured to a base board for mounting.

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P1™
AntiCAD, Singapore

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Wabi-Sabi™

2mm Plywood, Threaded Rod

Wabi-Sabi™ is a Japanese philosophy often described as appreciating the beauty in imperfection. The sculpture aims to combine the traditional Japanese thinking with emerging technologies such as parametric modelling, and digital fabrication. Plywood that is 2mm thick is a material that is commonly used in construction sites. They are usually discarded after one use. Wabi-Sabi™ attempts to look at discarded construction material in a new way, where the imperfections are embraced as parametric art.

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Wabi-Sabi™
AntiCAD, Singapore

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