Partner: Maudie Carey
Our assignment for recitation this week was to either laser-cut or 3D print an object we designed.
Maudie and I decided it would be cool to 3D print because we’ve always wanted to try 3D printing. For our design, we talked to each other throwing ideas at each other and we agreed that we both wanted to make something that was aesthetic, and didn’t have to have a specific purpose. I thought it would be really cool attempt to make a cube that was hollow and filled with circles in the center, almost like a display/window at an aquarium where you could see bubbles inside it and Maudie agree that it would be a cool design.
The first step of our design was to create small circular indentations on the areas that were already circles on the cube to give our object more depth and make the center of the cube look more isolated. We spent a long time in the rest of the recitation trying to create the hollow circles in the dice shape we found, but noticed that when we applied the holes into the cube center, we weren’t able to achieve the see-through effect we were going for because the center of the cube remained solid despite how many holes were in the center.
I wasn’t able to finish my version of the design during recitation and continued to work on it after the class ended, but couldn’t figure out the achieve the look I was hoping for. So, I decided to change the idea and use a diamond template to make holes in the center of the cube. I thought diamonds would be interesting because the pointiness of the shape contrasts with the rounded features of the cube/dice.
This process was much simpler and also looked much nicer. I simple laid the diamond templates across each other so make an + sign, make a hole in a rectangle, and then made the changed rectangle a hole for the dice. Then the design was done.
Now that the 3D model was done, Maudie and I made an appointment to 3D print. Nicholas helped us with the printing. In the end, we ended up having to print 3 times to finally get our object. The first time we printed, things were going great but around 15% in, the machine decided to get stuck so we had to stop our printing and try again.
The second time we tried printing, things were going well. I’d say at around 60% of it being done, Nicholas had to pause the machine to adjust the plastic filament since it was getting taught. However, after resuming the machine, the machine started printing in a skewed manner, missing our object so we had to restart our printing again.
Because it was late in the day when we were printing, we had to leave the machine on overnight and hope for the best. When we arrived at school and checked our print, we were happy to see that the 3D printer successfully printed our object. The only hiccup was that for some reason at one point the machine wasn’t able to print the back of the cube well which you can see in the picture below, but aside from that the print turned out really well.
- Why did you choose your method of digital fabrication to construct your reimagined piece?
Maudie and I chose to use this method of digital fabrication because initially, we were more interested in 3D printing. But as we began to make decisions about our design, it made more sense for us to use additive manufacturing because it would have been too complex to use laser cutting for our design.
2. Compare the crafting method you have been using so far for the Stupid Pet Tricks and Midterms with the ones used during this recitation. How do you think that these digital fabrication methods can help you for your Final Project?
I think these methods could definitely save us time from having to make each individual part for our final project. Also, these methods could allow us to make parts/objects that are much more complex than what we could make ourselves by hand. Finally, I think Nicholas made a really good point while helping us during our printing that 3D printing is really great for prototyping. So, these fabrication methods could definitely be useful for prototyping.
3. How does the reading “The Digital Fabrication Revolution” set the context to the work you did?
The two points in the reading that really resonated with me was the “think globally, fabricate locally” section, and the “planning innovation” sections. I think these two sections that I mentioned are very applicable to what we did in class, and just the general attitude of what we do in IMA. The “think globally, fabricate locally” section really sets the context for how I approached the work. Being able to fabricate locally really gives me and other students the ability to experiment and try our ideas without having to worry about the availability of resources or our own creative limitations. This freedom allows us to create projects, objects, and more that can possibly inspire others to make objects or be utilized by others. As for the second section, what’s been really helpful about digital fabrication is exactly what the author writes in the reading. These methods of fabrication can really educate people in another way so that people don’t constantly need to rely on other people or sources. Instead, they have the ability to play around and learn themselves through trial and error.
4. If you were to imagine an assignment using digital fabrication at IMA in the year 2149, what would be different and what would be similar?
I think the core values and ideas would be similar, such as what the sections that I mentioned above discuss and in the rest of the reading. But the methods in achieving these goals would be drastically different. I think the technology then would be a lot more advanced/simpler to use so our assignment in 2149 would be much more complex, yet doable.