Earlier this month, Youngjin Lee, Yueying Cui, and Chris Winkler traveled to NYC to participate in the AEC Hackathon 2016. Hosted by Thornton Tomasetti's CORE Studio, the event brought together 13 teams of architects, developers, and designers to develop code and software that impact designer workflow. The Sasaki team, joined by Santiago Garay of Payette, came in third place with their development of a new way to export Revit models for 3D printing. Their work was based on previous in-house explorations by Sasaki’s Ken Goulding, Yueying Cui, Chris Winkler, Chris Hardy, and Katelyn Mayfield.
The workflow that was created is a combination of Dynamo, Python, and Java scripts that slice a Revit model into a series of monochromatic .PNG images, invert their color, and then collate into a .SVX (Small Voxel) file format. The process resizes elements, such as railings, stairs, mullions, interior walls, which often get lost in translation from building scale to 3D-printed object scale. The tool maintains model detail and provides a simpler workflow for creating printable files during documentation phases in Revit without using outside software platforms.
"I am so fascinated by everything I had the opportunity to encounter at the Hackathon," said Yueying Cui, one of Sasaki's team members. "The energy of the event really motivated our team to learn, build, collaborate, and simply have fun."
Congratulations to the team on their success!