Design Review: Dougong



For my main project, I decide to reconstitute the Dougong- a unique structural element of interlocking wooden brackets, one of the most important elements in traditional Chinese architecture.

I use Skechup to create a 3D model for prototyping. Since Dougong is consist of buches of brackets. I create a baselin component at beginning. Following screenshot illustrates the demension of this part.

Then I duplicate and assemble them together. Adjustment is applied on the edege for aesthetic concern.

For futher design, I think about adding more decoration engrave on its surfaces. Clouds, thunder and dargon icon will be emplyment to reflect oriental culture.

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  • […] Design Review: Dougong […]

  • Joshua Engmorris
    May 5, 2019 11:59 am

    This is a very cool idea with an awesome aesthetic with cultural importance. I like the way the CAD models came out and look forward to seeing this in person.

  • Hogan Auyeung
    March 31, 2019 6:17 pm

    I like the aesthetic of this project and it’s really awesome you’ve managed to model it in CAD already. Once built, this will be an awesome aesthetic and piece to show off anywhere!

  • Awesome project! As you know, I’m doing mine on a Chinese architecture style as well so this is very relatable. I think you will have a great time putting this together. I’d love to compare our methods of building as we get closer to that point. Good luck!

  • Luke Collier
    March 18, 2019 1:27 pm

    This is a very cool idea. What will be your interactive element? I used this 3D printer filler glue that I painted, called XTC 3D by Smooth-On

  • Peilin, this is a really unique aesthetic, and I enjoyed seeing the STL files for a better visual. I looked it up, and I think the wood infused 3D printer filament mentioned would be an awesome idea!!

  • Hadeel Al Gallaf
    March 18, 2019 1:12 pm

    I like your project, however, I have one question, what kind of material will you be using to execute these intricate curves and edges as shown in the 3d prototype? Also, have you considered adding other Chinese ornaments.

  • It’s so cool that you created a CAD model of the traditional Dougong using Solidworks. I think using wood to build it it will be very cool. However wood work skills are a must. 3D printing is cool as well, I suggest making sure you have enough tolerance for each part so that they can fit to each other without cracking/breaking. Good luck!

  • Christopher Seighman
    March 18, 2019 1:09 pm

    This is a really cool idea! I like the interlocking design of the rack. One thing I think you need to consider is how this design is going to be dynamic. If you are interested in making it look like wood, but still want the convenience of 3D printing for the shapes, I’d recommend looking into wood-infused 3D printer filament, it can be stained like wood to give it the wooden look.

  • I like the project. Very creative and looks interesting. Interesting design as well with the locking scheme to make them fit together. I look forward to the final product


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