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Optimising Stone-Cutting Strategies for Freeform Masonry Vaults

Rippmann M., Curry J., Escobedo D. and Block P.
Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2013
Wroclaw, Poland
2013

This paper reports on recent developments for the computer-controlled fabrication of individual stone blocks of a freeform masonry vault in Austin, TX, USA. Based on structural requirements, state-of-the-art, 5-axis stone-cutting processes and software solutions used in the stone industry, new methods were developed to optimise the block geometry and machining strategies for this structure. A customised software program was written to simplify part preparation, reduce machining time and extend known fabrication procedures in a flexible and streamlined setup.

BibTeX

@inproceedings{Rippmann2013,
    author    = "Rippmann, M. and Curry, J. and Escobedo, D. and Block, P.",
    title     = "Optimising Stone-Cutting Strategies for Freeform Masonry Vaults",
    booktitle = "Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2013",
    year      = "2013",
    editor    = "Obrębski, J.B. and Tarczewski, R. ",
    volume    = "",
    number    = "",
    pages     = "",
    publisher = "",
    address   = "Wroclaw, Poland",
    month     = "September",
    doi       = "",
    note      = "",
}

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