The Pinki Sil Project introduced students to parametric design through the platform of Grasshopper and digital fabrication. The project illustrated the workflow from a parametric model to digital fabrication and the materialisation of the physical object through the creation of a three dimensionally patterned resin tile. The project illustrated to students the power of parametric and computational design tools while reinforcing the importance of materiality and the interrelationship of digital tools with traditional construction process. The project was the result of the first week of the Digital Design + Fabrication Intensive Summer Workshop 17 Jan – 11 Feb, 2011, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne. Students were initially introduced to associative geometry techniques within Grasshopper and asked to create a three dimensional pattern using these techniques. These patterns were then prepared for fabrication using Grasshopper to produce a laser cut perspex mold. These molds were then used to create the resin tiles following the steps described below.
01. Laser cut perspex mold, 02. Silicone poured into the mold, 03. Silicone cast created, 04. Silicone cast placed in surface jig, 05. Resin poured into the jig to create the resin tile