本研究嘗試以參數化設計工具Grasshopper依照不同的瓦楞紙構成工法設計出不同單元所構成的拱型空間，結合電腦輔助設計與參數化設計將各種瓦楞紙單元處理為層切圖或展開圖等可以電腦數值控制機器加工的平面瓦楞紙圖面。將各單元切割並加以組裝以形構完整的拱型空間。本研究討論在實際建造過程中會遭遇到的問題，希望可以在研究過程中，討論瓦楞紙材料性由數位設計到數位製造間的步驟與細節。 Materials research is an important aspect in architectural design. Many architects dedicate themselves to the development of new materials and innovative applications of existing materials. This study explores cardboard as a material, using parametric design tools to generate a 3D computer model. The structure is then constructed in the real world. Different material properties and fabrication techniques are tested and practiced through digital processes, and the full size structure is constructed in the final stage.
The early stage of this research focuses on studying cardboard as a material. A digital fabrication machine is utilized to fabricate material plates of cardboards in order to test various digital fabrication techniques on this material. New tools and techniques in design and fabrication result in research methods that are different from the existing ones. On the basis of the research outcomes with respect to a cardboard, the material research is combined with digital fabrication to form one or many types of methods that serve as the foundation for the design of spatial configuration of units.
The parametric design tool Grasshopper is used in this study to design an arch space consisting of different units from different fabrication methods of cardboards. With computer aided design and parametric design, various units of cardboards are made into plan drawings that can be processed by numerically controlled machines, such as by sectional view. The units are cut and assembled to form the arch space. Problems that may be encountered during the actual tectonic are addressed. It is hoped that the procedures and details in the process from digital design to digital fabrication of cardboards can be discussed in this study.