Analog Grid

For this investigation we decided to create a general grid plane and study the limitations of the configuration under various forces and movements. The intersections are held together with a simple pin to allow rotation along this plane. With the grid fixed in a linear jig along one edge, the plane has very limited flexibility when a force vector is applied in the same direction.  Pins allow for free rotation though materiality naturally generates resistance to minimize flexibility in this direction.

When forces are applied perpendicular to the grid plane we begin to see more flexibility and movement with the wood material. We noticed that by fixing one edge with a linear brace the grid naturally tries to maintain this orientation throughout the curve.  However, when the grid is manipulated without a fixed edge each strand of wood becomes free to react independently, resulting in more flexible configurations.

 

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