Joe Hines Makes Stuff
Designer + Maker
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DIGITAL FABRICATION

 

DIGITAL FABRICATION STUDY

 

 

DIGITAL FABRICATION STUDY

The contemporary designer is confronted with a seemingly endless cache of digital tools. Bringing about new challenges regarding the fabrication of increasingly complex geometries. This project seeks to explore the strengths and limitations of digital fabrication.

 
 
 

PROJECT DETAILS_The contemporary designer is confronted with a seemingly endless cache of digital tools. Bringing about new challenges regarding the fabrication of increasingly complex geometries. This project seeks to explore the strengths and limitations of digital fabrication using Grasshopper and laser cutting techniques, thus becoming an exercise in creating and managing large quantities of unique elements in order achieve a desired effect.  The assembly pictured here is a snap shot of just one possible arrangement, ideally the fabrication technique developed here could be used to resolve nearly any complex form. 

TEAM_Joe Hines + Alex Dorn + Kateri Knapp + Andrew Pennachia

METHODS_Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Lasercut MDF + Vellum

 
 

 
 
 

FABRICATION + PERFORMANCE

Moving from digital tools to the fabrication of a single physical installation posed new challenges surrounding the management of the 900 elements and 1,200 connections. However the challenges faced by fabrication exposed new opportunities for variation within the assembly. An additional layer of mylar was added to the inner face of 200 elements in order to create changes in opacity within the final assembly.

_ 450 Unique MDF Elements

_ 450 Unique Etched Tags [IE. A01]

_ 200 Unique Mylar Infill Pieces

_ 1,200 Connections