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Parametric Pleating: Custom Component Design with Paneling Tools

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This course will provide an overview of the theory and practice of designing custom surface components with the grid-based modeling plug-in, PanelingTools.

About This Online Course:
Students will learn intuitive techniques, inspired by paper folding, for the design, analysis, and fabrication of complex surfaces. Additionally, the principles and rationale behind NURBS will be covered, shedding light on how this particular type of geometry may impact the various design decisions you will face when paneling surfaces.


  • Introduction to grid-based modeling with PanelingTools

  • Moving from paper folding inspiration to digital model

  • Paneling surfaces with custom components

  • Preparing components for digital fabrication
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