Yingzao Fashi

Spring 2014

Skills: Rapid Prototyping, Design for Manufacturing

Tools: Rhinoceros, 123DMake, Lasercutter

The Yingzao Fashi is an ancient Chinese construction technique in which all-wood components are designed and assembled according to a unified rule set.  Based on research into original Chinese text and academic papers, I created a 3D model of a basic bracket element using Rhinoceros.  In 123DMake, I exploded the 3D model into a cut file and cut and assembled it out of cardboard.  Next, I modeled a section of a building including multiple brackets and prototyped a scaled model using lasercut wooden sheets and dowels.