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3d-printed Nodes

Sliding Structure

The starting point was the choice of the power that puts the model in motion – this power is gravity. The model slides down a rope and the mechanism converts the energy of sliding to rotate the joints. That’s why we needed to 3d print not only joints, but also the gears. Furthermore we needed to laser cut other details, to make the process more profitable. The joints were produced in the way that the model can rotate infinitely.

Printed details:

Upper joints: 6
Lower joints: 6
45 degrees inclinated gears: 2
13 degrees inclinated gears: 6

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Milling Information


Because of the specifications of the Valchromat material, and because we could use different tool sizes we thought that this assignment is a very good way to display information. We decided to display information about laaC students, specifically their origin.
So we placed a worldmap on top of our piece of material. We placed laaC in the middle, and put points on top of the countries where the laaC students come from, then connected these points with IaaC.
We selected the depths of the cuts in the way that, on each “crest” is on a different color level, so circles and straight lines are drawn by colors.

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Controlled Debris : Lamp

The given material was wood. Our inspiration came from ivy, glaciers and debris. The technique focused on focal points in ribbing and creating angular joints. As we continued our investigation, the incorporation of the complex shape with the radial ribbing was too elaborate for our first project; we would need more time with the machine and for assembly. So we simplified our shape into a rectangle which ended up being a great transformation. The final product now was not only a light but could be used as a coffee table or an end table.

Material Information:

4,32 m² – surface area of the sheet used

2,41 m² – surface area of the material used for the lamp

1,91 m² – surface area of the material not used

Our material was not used efficiently. Smaller panels (600mm x 800mm x 5mm) are bad for fitting the pieces for cutting, which causes huge material waste (in our case ≈45%). Bigger panels (1200mm x 600mm x 5) due to their size are bended, that makes very difficult finding the right Z position of the laser, leads to increment of the cutting power (from 150 to 170).

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