The visitors of the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center in Downtown Detroit are noticing that there is something different about the building lately. This is because digital fabrication students Natalie Haddad and Kyle Van Klompenberg have been installing their CNC-cut walls into the space that will soon be home to the Art Center’s Gift Shop. Two walls have been mounted in place, while the final cuts and construction of the third wall are being made.
The makeLab at Lawrence Technological University has become a second home to Natalie and Kyle this semester, as they have spent a lot of their time between classes designing, engineering, cutting, and post-processing their gift shop screen. So far, they have finished 10 of the 13 total wall panels, 5 of which make up the first wall, another 5 make up the second wall, and the remaining 3 panels make up the back wall of the gift shop. Although every panel is different, Natalie and Kyle have engineered a process to treat each panel the same so that efficiency can be maximized.
The panels are currently only connected by means of “friction fit”, but will be glued once all of the wall panels have been put into place. The reason for their approach is that they would like to make sure all of the wall system fits in place correctly before any permanent connections are made.
If you happen to be Downtown, stop by the Cultural Arts Center and check out the progress of Natalie and Kyle’s project. It will soon be transformed into the exciting and valuable space that they have been working towards this whole semester.