Setting up Files for Physical Site Modeling

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Students will choose ONE of three physical modeling methods: laminating, unfolding, or surface modeling. They will then use the Potrero Hill digital site model to prepare cut files for a physical model at 1/8" scale. Emphasis is placed both on precision and technique as well as the chosen method's ability to reinforce design intent.
Assessment objectives
  • Knowledge of modeling tools, techniques, and materials
  • Understanding of the conceptual logic behind physical modeling methods
  • Understanding of the benefits of different physical modeling methods
  • Ability to transition between digital and physical models
  • Ability to prepare precise templates for the production of a physical model
Exercise Type Problem Set
Evaluation Criteria
High Pass
The cut files have clearly been prepared according to a specific modeling method. All lines are precise and accurately scaled. Linework consists of clean, closed curves.
The cut files have been clearly prepared according to a specific modeling method. Linework has some errors in precision and does not all exist in the same vertical plane.
Low Pass
The cut files have obvious issues with precision and scale. The modeling method is unclear.
It would be impossible to produce a clean, accurate physical model from this information.
Uses Tool(s) Tool:Rhino v4.x
Uses Workflow(s) Workflow:49626 , Workflow:195930 , Workflow:778501


Students will choose ONE of the three following workflows to follow:

The choice should be based on which physical modeling method will best reinforce the design intent for their studio project.


No matter which workflow is chosen, the end result is the same. Students will produce cut files to build a 1/8" scale physical model of the Potrero Hill digital site model. These cut files should be saved as a Rhino file (.3dm) and uploaded to the bSpace dropbox by the end of section.


All three workflows use this Rhino file: Potrero Site Model