Recently MESH traveled to Zurich, Switzerland to present new research on offsetting architectural meshes at the AAG2016. Our paper, “Face-Offsetting Polygon Meshes with Variable Offset Rates” (by Elissa Ross and Daniel Hambleton of MESH, together with Visiting Professor of Design Computation at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London Dr. Robert Aish) was one of 22 papers selected for presentation.
The research was an extension of previous research on offsetting meshes in an architecturally sensitive paper. This paper outlined the freedoms and design implications of specifying different offset distances for each face of a polygon mesh.
We also characterized the underlying geometry of meshes which admit a uniform distance edge offset as a consequence of variable distance face offsets.
This characterization is based on an analysis of the dual graph of the mesh, whose edges are labeled by the interior angles of the mesh.
The full paper can be found in the free ebook of the proceedings.
One of the highlights of the conference (in addition to the terrific collection of presented work and posters) was visiting the new fabrication centre at the ETH. Those are some really big robots!