An approach to designing with generative processes, the Optimal Bow Tekina is functional artwork that merges the worlds of Archery, Art and Technology.
Applying design philosophies with real world applications, Optimal is a digital organic form that takes an algorithmic approach to developing materials for better performance in archery and inspires involvement with the athletic artform.
PROCESS: NEW ROLE OF THE DESIGNER
The bow design process began with a passion: researching disparate ways in which different cultures framed their archery philosophies and shooting practices. Anthropological references vary from culture to culture and between time periods-- yet the mechanism of shooting an arrow is consistently similar.
Thus, the Optimal Bow begins with a new approach to design. Starting with design as a strategy, the abstraction of the bow's form refined design constraints into variables. An existing recurve bow was 3D scanned, and points of interest were extracted.
The goal was to create a user-centered design customized to their hand and needs, while also accounting for material properties of strength, weight, and performance engineered to account for forces applied to the form.
The bow's riser is simplified into basic functions: a handle, arrow shelf, mounts for accessories, and mounts for holding the wooden limbs.
As displayed to the right, silver denotes objects that need to be connected, each with load cases (green lines). For example, the screws at the top and bottom need to withstand 40lbs of backdrawn force. The cyan indicates void objects where the software avoids drawing. Aluminum was chosen as the material for this object, and its properties are added to the calculations.
With these simple inputs, the software begins to draw its solution. (below)
The result is 71,000 years of design history and interactions with the bow generatively designed with algorithms inspired by math and nature to create a new approach and philosophy to Archery, Art, and Technology.
Tekina is a prototype for creating with generative design and inspiration for the involvement of Archery.
Get inspired to design and got out to shoot some arrows with friends.
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