DCAMM seminar - From Skin Cells to Jigsaw Puzzles: Partitive Geometry & its applications to Design & Manufacturing

A DCAMM seminar will be presented by

Associate Professor Vinayak Krishnamurthy
Texas A&M University, USA




Natural systems, organic or inorganic, embody spatial growth as one of the working principles that is central to the development of complex forms with a wide range of mechanical functions. In this talk, we take inspiration from this tenet and investigate partitive geometry – a new paradigm for geometric modelling for design and manufacturing. Partitive geometry leverages the geometric principles of growth in physical, chemical, and biological systems and offers a new representation for complex 2D and 3D lattices.

Starting with an example from the biological world, we will see how spatial growth manifests in animal skin cells and discuss computational schemes to capture this growth for designing a range of geometric structures. We will then develop the idea of partitive geometry in the context of designing topologically  interlocking shapes and auxetic structures using spatial symmetries induced by textile weaves. The talk will expose these ideas through specific examples of structural (or architected) materials and path planning algorithms for cooperative manufacturing. Finally, we will look at partitive geometry from the broader perspective of fundamental geometric representations for generative design and manufacturing.

Danish pastry, coffee and tea will be served 15 minutes before the seminar starts. 


All interested persons are invited


Wed 10 Apr 24
15:00 - 15:45




Aarhus University
Dept. of Mechanical and Production Engineering
Katrinebjergvej 89 G-F, 8200  Aarhus N
Room 5132-229

19 APRIL 2024