Make Architecture



Assignment 4 Shop-bot

Project :- Snap fit using  Shop-bot, CNC milling machine.


  • MDO 48″x48″ board


I was kinda running out of space in my lil kitchen at my apartment here, so i thought of making a shelf.  Then i was thinking of how i could make it unique and competent; so i came up with a seat cum shelf. Well, It didn’t work out quite well with my first attempt with the CNC machine. So i decided to do another design instead of reworking the same.  I then came up with a round Yin-Yang sign Table. Which is in two parts that join like a puzzle. Each part could be used separately as a table. Also, when you stake them on each other they become a shelf! ..So two in one! : )

Problems faced:-

– In the first design, for some reason the machine wouldn’t fillet in my joints and so the parts didn’t fit together as planned.

– I also came across the problem of the speed of the machine while cutting. We had set it too high and something was wrong in the settings which made the machine go over the design thrice for complete cutting.

Things done/ learnt:

Always leave enough space around the board to secure the board from moving.

Never assume that it would be okay without fillets.

Make sure you do a trial of your design before the final one.

Shelfbox cum seating

yin-yang round table

two parts..

Yin-Yang Shelf


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Instructor: Nick Gelpi TA: Skylar Tibbits TA: Varvara Toulkeridou
Class Times, Monday, 1-4pm - room 5-216
4.184 is an intensive introduction to methods of making explored through a wide range of brief but focused 1-week exercises. We'll engage the real and leave behind representation in the focused context of this class gaining skills for utilizing a range of fabrication machines and technologies from lasercutting, waterjet, 3D printing, welding, formworking-molding, casting, gears, joints and composites.
In this workshop we'll constrain ourselves to the territory of the 1:1. Students will represent architectural constructions at full scale and develop a more intimate relationship with technology by engaging the tools and techniques that empower us. We will gain access to the most cutting edge machines and technologies in the MARS lab at the Center for Bits and Atoms.
The second layer of information for this course will be to look at a series of case studies in which construction methods and technologies have played a dominant role in the design process .
Over the past 20 years, architects have focused on the technology of representation to create new ideas of what architecture could be. Looking back today, much of that research failed to substantially change the way we design buildings by focusing on apriori formal configurations. This class makes the contention that this failure comes from a lack of considerations of the potentials within fabrication knowledge. We look to the future of what building might become, given the expanded palette of personalize-able technologies available to us as architects. Students will participate in curious technological and material investigations, to discover the potentials, known and unknown, for these various technologies.
The sub-disciplines of what's drawn and what's built have been compartmentalized and disassociated as the representational tools of architecture have distanced themselves from the techniques of making. At the same time the technologies for “making” in architecture have provided us with new possibilities for reinventing how we translate into reality, the immaterial representations of architecture.


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