digi.fab GROUP | ShJB


| Shannon Iafrate

| Jon Bigtacion

| Ben Wilson

PROJECT | Gizmo V1

SOFTWARE | Sculptgen

INTRODUCTION |Starting with a downloaded script in Sculptgen (parametric modeling software from Harvard) this group edited the existing parameters of the script to meet their design goals. The original form was linear and contained minimal penetrations; this was then twisted and rotated in a series of iterations to create a sleek, sophisticated final form that also presents opportunities for modularity and interconnection. The flat ends at the terminus of the curves are excellent points of connection while the symmetrical form caters to an interconnection of multiple elements as part of a whole. The shapes were intentionally designed to be “makeable”, as the final method of production will utilize a 3-axis CNC machine.

PROTOTYPE |The current 3D-print prototype (3.75 cubic inches, $11.25) was successful, showing the strengths of the current form as well as an unexpected alternate use: ninja turtle goggles. The prototype also reveals several areas in need of development:

| Method to CNC the perpendicular penetrations

| Connection design and iteration

|Materiality and relationship to form

The amount of twist, rotation, thickness, width, and holes are all fully parametric. This provides maximum flexibility for additional iterations and development as the project progresses toward final design documents and full scale fabrication.

NEXT STEPS |Installation ideation has begun and the group has chosen a location in the Architecture Building across from the scanner room by the print desk. The next step is to figure out what they installation could/should do for this space. There are some design considerations that will be important as the project progresses:

| Relationship of scale to cost

| Human movement patterns and types informing use

|Impact of adjacent daylight source

|Adjacent uses: Print Desk, Scanner, UTLC gallery, Entrance, Main Hallway

|Variable use over 24 hour period (variable human activity)

|Materiality in relationship to materiality of context

|Effective use of team strengths: Digital Modeling, Construction, Conceptualization, Materiality

Guest Blogger: Kyle Post



I am a senior architecture student at Lawrence Technological University and a fellow designer in the Digital Fabrication class. Continue to follow this blog for updates on ShJB’s progress throughout the semester.

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