Project 2, Team C1

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Team members

Synopsis of bridge scores

  • α squad score: 1.43775*10^-6
  • Ω squad score:
  • Current best team score: 1.056748*10^-6

Report

Process

The central element of our process was the attempt to reduce the surface area to as low a number as possible. At one point in our design variations, we surpased the maximum allowable percentage of material removed, and had to strategically reinforce particular areas. This actually resulted in an even better, lower score as a result of our other guiding intention. Once we had settled on the basic design, with the two bars leading to the center, much of the exploration involved changing their angles, changing their thickness, changing the shape of the cutouts around them, and -- most significantly -- changing the thicknesses of the bridge top around them. Keeping that top bar thick in the best possible places was essential to our design, and underlay many of our choices, especially towards the end of the process.

Combination of our designs was accomplished in the end by adopting the basic design that α squad had developed (with its lower score) and then directing the refinements according to what Ω squad had found to be most successful.


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