Movie by Scott Leinweber

A Bridge Too Far

This project A Bridge Too Far explores the use of double sided incremental forming of thin sheet aluminum sheets with two ABB Industrial Robots.
During the project a computational model was developed to establishes methods for bi-directional information transfer between varying scales of mesh resolution, that link design considerations at the scales of materials, panel, structure and fabrication information. This has allowed for the design and fabrication of a lightweight bridge. The spanning section of the bridge weighs 40kg, can support a person walking over a 3.5m span, with a material thickness varying from only 1mm to 0.2mm.

The project team included Paul Nicholas, Mateusz Zwierzycki and Scot Leinweber.

A Bridge Too Far is one of three demonstrators of the Complex Modelling project in a research exhibition in Copenhagen from 3. September – 11. December 2016.

Complex Modelling is a Sapere Aude Advanced Research project granted by The Danish Council for Independent Research and undertaken by CITA (Centre for Information Technology and Architecture) at KADK. It investigates the infrastructures of our design models. By questioning the tools for integrating information across the expanded digital design chain, the project asks how to support feedback between different scales of design engagement moving from material design, across design, simulation and analysis to specification and fabrication.


Further readings on A Bridge Too Far:

Nicholas, Paul, Mateusz Zwierzycki, David Stasiuk, Esben Nørgaard, Scott Leinweber and Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen. 2016. “Adaptive Meshing for Bi-directional Information Flows” Advances in Architectural Geometry 2016, 260-273, doi 10.3218/3778-4_18/978-3-7281-3778-4

Pictures by Scot Leinweber

Pictures 1&2 by Anders Ingvartsen – Picture 3 by Scott Leinweber