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August 21, 2014 AT 12:00 pm

3D Design Tips – Trede draws on Art x Science x Mathematics to produce “Dendritas” Planters #3DxNature #3DThursday #3DPrinting

Dendritas by Trede Thingiverse

Dendritas created by Tredé in Puerto Rico. Check out these designs and then dig in deeper to learn how artist Vicente Gascó‘s parametric design research (and Diffusion-Limited Aggregation) have lead to these complex, natural formations in his site here. He drew on fractal/mathematical research used to explore shapes such as corals, brains, tree roots and more.

Dendritas is a 3d printed flower planter / household container and part of a generative design research exploring the intersection of art, science and mathematics. Dendrites are part of Diffusion-Limited Aggregation, introduced in 1981 by Witten and Sander, a fractal growth algorithmic model which produces forms frequently found in living and non-living nature. Forms produced are similar to certain corals, crystals, brains, tree roots, veins, etc.

Dendritas was recently exhibited in ‘Santurce es Ley 5’, a local Puertorican art festival.

Fabrication files include two .stl files for two iterations but due to the nature of how the geometry is generated, each piece is unique. (read more)

And from his research write up:

Dendrites are part of Diffusion-Limited Aggregation, introduced in 1981 by Witten and Sander, a fractal growth algorithmic model which produces forms frequently found in living and non-living nature. Forms produced are similar to certain corals, crystals, brains, tree roots, veins, etc.

Based on Daniel Piker’s DLA explorations, the parametric algorithm programmed in Rhinoceros plug-in, Grasshopper, aims to generate a design scheme, variations and outcome to what could further become a design language to generate products such as jewellery, wearables, vases, etc.

The form starts with seed points, particles are introduced and they wander around randomly until touching part with the existing cluster and the process repeats. Parameters include spin angles, speed, how much the particles will wander and how close they’ll stick to the cluster. This allows for unlimited variations within the same algorithmic process…. (read more)

Dendritas by Trede Thingiverse

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