Learn the simple trick to building complex brick projects with Fologram

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While many of our mixed reality brickwork projects have quite complex designs, the mixed reality interface used by the bricklayers is very, very simple. The trick is to create holographic models of the ‘footprint’ of each course of bricks rather than to show the entire brick mesh, as this makes it much easier to use the hologram as a guide during bricklaying. This tool is perfect if you’re interested in developing your own interfaces for fabrication, even without much grasshopper experience.

This example can easily be used to fabricate real brick walls with the HoloLens 1 or HoloLens 2, similar to Fologram’s collaboration with All Brick and the University of Tasmania to construct a complex feature wall in 6 hours of bricklaying.

It works by splitting the grasshopper definition into three groups: One that simply synchronizes the whole brick wall for a preview of the finished design, one that creates polyline footprints to use as a guide for actual brickwork, and one that shows a transparent render of the existing courses. As long as you are careful to provide the right geometry input to the definition (a list of meshes representing each course of bricks) then you are good to go.

This example is a perfect starting point for a larger construction project, and is designed for test cases using foam brick walls, like Fologram’s collaboration with Art Engineering. In this project, foam bricks were cut to dimensions of 200 x 50 x 50mm and bonded together with a glue gun.

Like this example? Check out our article ‘This incredible tool will help you design your own parametric brick wall for fabrication in mixed reality with Fologram’ and learn how to control the design of your wall, size of your bricks, and more.

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