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Notch Code

I have included two notching codes for 2D lasercutting.

The first code “Notch_fromNum”:

 Takes inputs: #number of notches, closed curve, notch width & notch height

The second code “Notch_fromDist”

Takes input: dimension between notches, closed curve, notch width & notch height


-The units are linked to the units of the file.  Hence, if you
are working in millimeters and you attempt to enter inches….it will
make the notch dimensions in millimeters.

-Remember to input a CLOSED curve

-Both codes output a closed curve with all of the notches.

**To Use:

-Open the word file

-Select All & Copy

-Open Rhino, then open Monkey (If you don’t have monkey you can download it free here… ) Otherwise, you can also type “Edit Script” in the Rhino command line.  I would highly reocmmend using Monkey, but its up to you…

-Delete everything in the monkey editer page and past the copied code

-Press F5 or hit the “Run” button at the top

-It will then ask you (in the command line) to select the closed curve, enter the number or distance etc etc

-Feel free to edit the codes and make them more specific for your application





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Instructor: Nick Gelpi TA: Skylar Tibbits TA: Varvara Toulkeridou
Class Times, Monday, 1-4pm - room 5-216
4.184 is an intensive introduction to methods of making explored through a wide range of brief but focused 1-week exercises. We'll engage the real and leave behind representation in the focused context of this class gaining skills for utilizing a range of fabrication machines and technologies from lasercutting, waterjet, 3D printing, welding, formworking-molding, casting, gears, joints and composites.
In this workshop we'll constrain ourselves to the territory of the 1:1. Students will represent architectural constructions at full scale and develop a more intimate relationship with technology by engaging the tools and techniques that empower us. We will gain access to the most cutting edge machines and technologies in the MARS lab at the Center for Bits and Atoms.
The second layer of information for this course will be to look at a series of case studies in which construction methods and technologies have played a dominant role in the design process .
Over the past 20 years, architects have focused on the technology of representation to create new ideas of what architecture could be. Looking back today, much of that research failed to substantially change the way we design buildings by focusing on apriori formal configurations. This class makes the contention that this failure comes from a lack of considerations of the potentials within fabrication knowledge. We look to the future of what building might become, given the expanded palette of personalize-able technologies available to us as architects. Students will participate in curious technological and material investigations, to discover the potentials, known and unknown, for these various technologies.
The sub-disciplines of what's drawn and what's built have been compartmentalized and disassociated as the representational tools of architecture have distanced themselves from the techniques of making. At the same time the technologies for “making” in architecture have provided us with new possibilities for reinventing how we translate into reality, the immaterial representations of architecture.


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