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Drawing geodesic lines

First, as we mentioned in the section of the process, we set points on the perimeter that will serve as the ends of the geodesic lines. For this example, we will use the same decagonal membrane that we have generated in the section on geodesic lines. First, we will draw the first geodesic line between two high points of the membrane. During form finding, we have chosen perimeter of a regular decagon. …Read More

Geodesic lines

In the section of general introduction to WinTess3, we have mentioned about geodesic lines. Why do we use geodesic lines? We could explain the reason why we use this type of lines in generating a pattern. However there are times that a picture (an example, in this case) is worth of a thousand words. Suppose that we have a membrane like the image on the left. It’s a membrane obtained from …Read More

Pattern Types

Patterning is one of the basic tasks of designing tensile membrane structures. It is also one of three modules of WinTess software shown in top bar. The usual way to transform a warped curved surface in flat strips (patterns) is doing by triangulation. It is the easiest and most used way. In another post in this blog (cross compensation) we already discussed triangulation of patterns. Given that membrane is delivered …Read More

Multi-geodesic lines (1)

The most common method of creating patterns on a membrane involves drawing geodesic lines on the membrane.  Justification of the layout of the geodesic lines is beyond the scope of this text . Although the geodesic lines can be drawn freely to form patterns of any shape and position, it is common that the route of the geodesic lines follow some models determined: Geodesic lines more or less parallel to …Read More

Modifying patterns

Sometimes we find a membrane to which you have applied a certain design. Everything has been done successfully, but at some point we would slightly change the pattern. The reasons can be different: the pattern does not fit into the width of the fabric by a little while you have enough membrane to compensate on the next pattern. we wish to avoid the seam between patterns pass through a given …Read More