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Smartgeometry Day 4: Construction

April 18, 2013
Elizabeth and Jess planning  their attack based on the paper prototype model from yesterday.

Elizabeth and Jess planning their attack based on the paper prototype model from yesterday.

Today was a process indeed.  We worked hard on constructing our prototype “object” (for lack of a better description).  It was a learning experience.  And if the product were the goal, rather than the process, a bit of a disaster as well. The process taught us a lot about scale of the material versus the fabricated form.

The assembly underway, currently resembling a car crash more than architecture!

The assembly underway, currently resembling a car crash more than architecture!

First, it became clear that the aluminum sheets could not be bent to designed angles without snapping. But bending it less meant that curves which were supposed to match between different elements no longer did.  And you rarely succeed in making a perfect run on the laser cutter with no extra allowed for error.  So we ended up with a few pieces made from different material with different brittleness and flexibility.  We had intended to bend the materials using the robots at RoboFold, but time constraints made that impossible, so we had to bend them by hand.  But bending by hand also proved to be impossible given the thickness of material provided.

Greg, Justin and Elizabeth trying to figure out which piece goes on next based on the computer model.

Greg, Justin and Elizabeth trying to figure out which piece goes on next based on the computer model.

I’m a bit disappointed in our results, which certainly have not lived up to my expectations. But the process has been great. I have learned a great deal and made some excellent new friends. I believe we’ve reached the limit of what can be learned from this prototype. And while I know some of our group intend to continue working on the project tomorrow instead of going to the talks, I’m inclined to let it go and move on. I suspect I will gain more from attending tomorrow’s “TalkShop” lectures than from attempting to force additional metal pieces into positions they have no innate desire to inhabit. But then again, I am torn by loyalty to my team and friends. What a great way to spend a week  in London.

Midnight, last workshop day at Smartgeometry. No one going back to the hotel yet.

Midnight, last workshop day at Smartgeometry. No one going back to the hotel yet.

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  1. May 12, 2013 12:22 pm

    looks like fun! awesome concept models

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