Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

3D Printing In Space

Found this video about making tools in space and thought it was super interesting. Now it's time for digital sculpture on the moon!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

nonLin/Lin Pavilion by Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY

A wonderful inspiration from Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY: nonLin/Lin Pavilion.

One of the latest ultimate design projects which is installed at the FRAC Center in Orleans, France. The architectural installation combines elements of biomimetic design – technology that mimics nature, architecture, sculpture and knowledge in what can only be described as an organic form. Fornes is the architect behind the New York-based design studio THEVERYMANY, and in the '''nonLin/Lin Pavilion'', Fornes experiments with dramatic changes of morphology; from the structural network to surface condition.

The nonLin/Lin Pavilion is the result of a very explicit research line, investigating the design and build component of a coherent environment. The self-supporting structure affects the users as it engages him/her to notions of limitation, filtration and spatial depth experimenting with illusion and space. The structure forms an eccentric universe where elements such as openings or dimensional measurements evolve from model or scale. In the pavilion, you cannot take the space for granted despite the fact that humans are able to perceive space from an infant state. The nonLin/Lin Pavilion, however, is one project that asks viewers to consider three dimensions as if for the very first time. This visual phenomenon is allowing spectators to suspend disbelief while assigning cultural references or analogies from nature (corals, flowers) – yet nonLin/Lin Pavilion is only a very precise experiment toward constructability within a precise economical and cultural context.

Thanks to Will Penny for providing the link to this project.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

andrew f. scott: serial studies

Sometimes you have to be your own 5 axis miller. In this digital application for sculpture the fancy wires script which was written to produce waffle grillage structures has been adapted to output and label serial slices using a nurbs surface model.

Wind from the East

foon sham. Wind from the East. 1998. 97" x 56" x 60". Poplar, Oak, Maple

Serial slicing is a standard method used in the practice of sculpture to generate form.

In this combination of high-tech high touch approaches, the laser cut sections are glued up then carved to reveal the fluidity of the original nurbs model.

The models can then be finished using a wide variety of sculptural approaches. While it is nice to be able to fabricate forms such as these using the 5 axis mill it is often better to use traditional approaches because it gets around the butter-look signature of many objects created through the milling process. I think I may have discovered my love for wood carving.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Will Penny - serial relief panels

KEYSHOT rendering of a geometric panel that has been modeled in RHINO and serially sliced to be laser cut and constructed into a wall-mountable relief.

The panel has been divided from its original solid form so that the alternating pieces may be used to create two panels. A flat base has also been modeled and divided to fill the gaps between the slices.

The first completed panel has been laser cut from thin plywood and finished with enamel paint.

The alternate pieces from the original model have been inverted from black to white to create the second panel.