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// Anisotropic Formations


an· i· so· tro· py : the property of being directionally dependent, as opposed to isotropy, which implies identical properties in all directions.

Anisotropic Formations is a proto-architectural exploration of anisotropic aesthetics and structures through vector based 3d printing. Taking inspiration from 3d printed fashion, composite sail manufacturing and experimental application of 6-axis robotics, the project takes the anisotropic approach as both an aesthetic and a fabrication logic. Anisotropic geometry is vector-based and is directionally dependent. Combinations of these vectors result in rich surface and 3d qualities of varied densities, hierarchies and multi-directional layering.
There was an imperative to pursue this design research in a post-digital platform, stepping out from the Euclidean flatness of the computer screen onto the non-Euclidean platform of the physical. Plastic extrusion provided direct access to vector geometry in physical space, enriching it with material agency. A flexible support scaffold allowed for multiple configurations of the overall form of the object as well as further manipulation after initial extrusion coat. The project was realized through a series of iterations that subjected the design agenda to a series of different machining workspaces and digital-to-physical workflows. From Cartesian workspace of a conventional 3d printer to a spherical workspace of multi-axis collaborative robotics and from vector based workflows of 3d modeling to motion based work flows of animation.























academic: SCI-Arc
instructor: Peter Testa
team: Salvador Cortez, Cheng Lu, Avra Tomara
date: Fall 2013
location: Los Angeles, CA