Boyd, Brown, Gamper and Mattson: Conclusion of the Gizmo

The gizmo challenge concluded for Jacob Boyd, Austin Brown, Bryce Gamper, and Nathan Mattson with two three dimensional forms made from rubber.  The team explored three concepts as they moved from their 3D print to the full-scale gizmo: connections, materials and method.

  • Connections:  The purpose was to explore the idea of omni connections.  The two solids that they made were designed to be connected in a variety of ways.  This type of connection allows for flexibility in future design.
  • Materials: The gizmo was made out of rubber, a material that could not be milled on the CNC.  To reach the desired rubber form the team created a milled foam form and a plaster mold.
  • Methods: The final product was not produced directly from the CNC but through methods that started with milled foam.  The foam was then used to create a plaster mold.  In the plaster mold they cast rubber to recreate the milled foam; a material that could not be milled in the CNC machine.  The desire of the teamwas to reuse the mold for multiple gizmos rather than make each individually on the CNC. Problems arose when they attempted to remove the rubber from the mold.  They were forced to destroy the mold while retrieving the gizmo.

The steps taken to complete the gizmo will aid in their future design work. They were exploring with different connections, materials, and methods to learn about them and apply them in the future.  Through trial and error this team has learned to create with digital fabrication methods and has continued to build upon their projects’ concept.

The next challenge for the team will be a full-scale installation.  For this challenge they want to explore a modular handicapped access ramp.

By: Ellen Rotter

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