How Fologram designs parametric brick walls for mixed reality construction

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It’s possible to create an infinite number of subtle patterns and forms by varying the size, position, type and rotation of bricks forming double-curved surfaces. In this simple example we show how to parametrically generate brick meshes from a guide surface for use in fabrication. In order to keep the example simple enough for beginner and intermediate grasshopper users, we’ve skipped some of the more advanced design tools that model fabrication constraints like brick overlaps and cantilever distances: you will just have to use common sense with this tool.

This example is a great generic tool for any brick wall construction project that can easily be used to fabricate real brick walls, similar to Fologram’s 'This is how a complex brick wall is built using Augmented Reality’ collaboration with Allbrick. You could be laying bricks like Colin in no time!

The example takes any mesh or brep geometry, contours it and creates a series of staggered polylines dictated by a predefined brick length, gaps and height. These polylines are then broken apart to create gaps between each brick, and the bricks are then aligned to each resulting curve to create the brick wall. The brick wall is then combined with an augmented reality interface to give you all the information you need to fabricate your wall!

Want more insight on how the interface for this tool works? Check out our article ‘Learn how to design your own fabrication interface for a complex brick wall in mixed reality with Fologram’ to learn more!

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