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Buildings 2012, 2(4), 424-455; doi:10.3390/buildings2040424

Methods for Creating Curved Shell Structures From Sheet Materials

Capita Symonds Structures, Sheffield, S1 2DU, UK
Received: 12 July 2012 / Revised: 5 September 2012 / Accepted: 11 October 2012 / Published: 19 October 2012


This paper describes some methods for producing developable surfaces with practical applications for creating useful lightweight, rigid, jig-less and elegant structural forms from sheet materials. Multiple related techniques based on the same fundamental principle can be used to generate a variety of interesting singly curved and doubly curved shapes. The system requires a minimum of specialist software, and is described in simple steps that can be followed by the reader with access to basic 3D CAD tools.
Keywords: architectural geometry; developable surface; panelisation architectural geometry; developable surface; panelisation
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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