Snowflake parametric study
Dana Tănase, Ionuț Anton
A study for a parametricaly designed Snowflake geometry, inspired by the work of Wilson Bentley. We used Grasshopper for the formal development using just a few parameters to generate the delicate geometry of a six sided snowflake. The algorithm is a translation of a forming process into a gnerative logic similar to the one that nature uses in developing a molecular relationship between atoms of hydrogen and oxygen. All the snowflakes were different but similar. A very simple demonstration of the computational power and gemetry generation capabilities of a algorithm. The script was developed by Dana Tănase.
We then forged away our old Makerbot Cupcake in a last attempt to make it print something. We first tried with ABS, but had some warping problems so decided to switch to PLA, which seemed more suited for a white translucid snowflake. We just love the results, the white ones for their lightness and the black ones for the traces of the printing process that makeup the object.