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Abstract:

Generated from an assignment for a digital fabrication class at the Syracuse University School of Architecture, this project demonstrates how the simple application of digital fabrication techniques to everyday materials can create innovative construction methods and expose the potential for new architectural design.

The assignment called for a wall to be constructed solely out of paper, twelve feet in length and at least eight feet high using the principles of digital fabrication.

From the very outset, our understanding of the problem was simple: paper does not resist any load applied in plane when it is left unmodified, it merely buckles. However, as soon as a single sheet of paper is folded its ability to resist load increases dramatically. It then became an exercise in testing combinations of folded paper to maximize both compressive strength as well as lateral stability, the final result being the simplification of previous iterations.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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