Prototyping with Precision

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It’s hard to believe it’s already two months into the program.  I’ve done so much, and I’m feeling so much better about everything.  It’s true, you do fall into a routine, and I feel like I’m gaining some momentum.  I really like Design Principles and Solidworks is making sense.  Machine Shop is my struggle, and I’d be surprised if that changed, but I am feeling much more confident on the shop floor.

Power tools are intimidating when you’ve never used them.  Safety is first, and we start by learning how the machines work fundamentally.  That’s my steepest learning curve, and my machine shop projects take forever.  I made a bevel gauge out of bronze and stainless steel, and liked turning the lathe.  That statement shocks me.  The lathe looked like a terrifying beast before we started, and reflecting on that definitely makes me appreciate all that I am learning.  The knob for the gauge was a decorative piece, and that’s what I really liked.  Our projects are based in prototyping with precision, and it’s challenging to use hand tools to replicate a high level of accuracy… that takes practice and it’s frustrating.    I’m looking forward to using the CNC machines and the technology to model precision.

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Turnin’ the Lathe

In Design Principles I 3d printed a marker holder.  The task – Create a Holder for Expo Markers and Eraser.  The marker holder project wasn’t that exciting, but I was pleased with my final product.  My goal was to model something that didn’t sit on a desk (cups aren’t new) and something that didn’t need to be mounted to a wall.  I’ve never 3d printed anything that I’ve designed before.  I modeled it in Solidworks and then used the Sindoh printer to demonstrate the functionality of my design.  3d prints often take hours, and we learned how to adjust the printer settings to efficiently use time and materials.

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3D file for Sindoh Printer

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Marker Holders in Action

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Right now we are working on a project that involves light.  We still don’t know what the final product will be made out of, but this project is cool.  YAY!  We get to use some creative energy.  I like it.  We started by taking 20 pictures of light and shadow, we edited our favorites, and critiqued them to expose a common theme.  Now we are trying to recreate the component of the photo that inspired us, and the goal is to model a public art sculpture.

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Morning walk to the bus stop

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Edits

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Handmade Sunbeams

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Closet Classroom ~ 1st prototype

I’m excited to see where this project goes.  It’s not easy to design when the outcome is unclear.  It definitely creates an environment where anything is possible.  Very cool.