Fall 2011 digital fabrication studio. Students in order by last name: Zephyr Anthony, Andrew Davis, Kyle Fant, Xiaoshuang Hu, Allyson Justmann, Andrew McCready, Kelly Peoples, Xiaofei Ren, Bo Sheng, Jody Smith, Ben Stephenson, Tommy Watkins, Duo Yu.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
SALTWORKS: The installation requirements were the piece had to be designed on a bio-mimetic principal using parametric modelling, and the end result should be kinetic.
The plywood is stained Baltic Birch with an exterior grade glue, the spacers are polypropylene. It is held together by three steel rods and rotational because of the rubber dowels as shown in the construction drawing. The post-tension steel rods provide a camber for the center of the bench allowing it to rest on two ends. The birch and polypropylene pieces were transferred from baked grasshopper isocurves and points into masterCAM files where they were CNC routed with flip milling. The round-over edges for the polypropylene were done manually on a standing router table.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
SALTWORKS: We replicated honeycomb weathering formed by salt deposits on rock, and used rhino+grasshopper to create a bench for seating that rotated based on seating weight.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
SALTWORKS: “Biomimicry” by Janine M. Benyus and “Jean Piaget’s Constructivist Theory of Knowledge.”
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
SALTWORKS: Voroduo by Office Da. The Cairo Tower by Urban A&O
Additional credits: Professors Joe MacDonald and Arash Adel.