Geometry and efficiency in the joints of deployable structures

  1. Adolfo Pérez Egea 1
  2. Pedro Miguel Jiménez Vicario 1
  3. Pedro García Martínez 1
  4. Manuel Alejandro Ródenas López 1
  5. Martino Peña Fernández-Serrano 1
  1. 1 Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena

    Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena

    Cartagena, España


Geometrias’19: Polyhedra and beyond

Publisher: Universidade do Porto

Year of publication: 2019

Type: Conference paper


In this document, we focus on the geometrical factors prevalent in the design and manufacturing processes of basic deployable structures using digital tools, as well as some of the main variables to consider in such processes. As a result, we offer a concise classification of the structures’ joints, specifically designed so they may be produced by 3D printing, particularly by fused deposition modelling (FDM). In addition, data is provided relating to the time and amount of material (ABS plastic) used in each case. Finally, we also describe criteria that can be considered when developing designs at a later stage, in accordance to the aforementioned.