Inspiring and educating students
Vernelle Noel is an architect and MIT graduate heavily involved with the techniques of wire bending. She uses the D.I.Wire Plus to inspire and educate students in her Georgia Tech class, “Computation and Craft: Wire-bending Theory and Applications (Spring 2019).” As someone who grew up in Trinidad, Vernelle understands the importance of wire bending. Students learn wire bending techniques through the design, manufacturing, and assembly of a functional Carnival pavilion.
How the D.I.Wire Plus was used
Students are placed into teams focused on certain aspects of the pavilion: CAD assembly, frame, joint, and skin design along with pavilion construction. Material and accessories used for this project are nylon coated ⅛” and 1/16” steel and universal clips to create the joints. The D.I.Wire is used to create the horizontal and vertical wire frames. Students hardcoded their frame shapes through the script mode on WireWare. The code is altered and tweaked to create the perfect curved shape for the pavilion. Once the frame design team is finished with their code, the construction and joint teams piece together the pavilion. The clips are cut to the appropriate length to hold the assembly in place. Finally, the skin design team creates the pavilion exterior. Each panel is dyed with a different color pattern and wrapped around the frames of the pavilion.
The students’ learnings
In the end, the students develop an understanding of architectural design, manufacturing, and assembly techniques while also exploring wire bending applications through the use of the D.I.Wire Plus. Vernelle continues to be an avid user of the D.I.Wire Plus while completing her doctoral research in computational design.