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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.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-01-01

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  • For more than 30 years, IS&T's series of digital printing conferences have been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in 2D and 3D printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference that brings together industry and academia, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems?particularly those involved with additive manufacturing and fabrication?including bio-printing, printed electronics, page-wide, drop-on-demand, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based systems, and production digital printing, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields. In 2016, the conference changed its name formally to Printing for Fabrication to better reflect the content of the meeting and the evolving technology of printing.

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