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Assignment 5 -~ Swing 3D Printing

3D Printing – Swing

Steps:- 1 Design model -using Rhino, Google sketchup, 3ds max or any 3d modelling software                                                                                                         (make sure all lines/solids are perfectly joined)

2 upload into the 3d printing machine

3 cleaning up -removing the extra support material, a little of baking and its ready!

My Model – Swing

Material used:-The 3D printer used ABSplus production-grade thermoplastic (ivory) and a soluble support                 technology (SST) (dark brown) as support material. Its precision is 0.007″.

Equipments used:-3D System InVision SI2 3D Printer (Bedsize 11.75″ x 7.3″, 8″ high)(ref: Juliet)                                                                              Strataysys Dimension Elite 3D Printer (Bedsize 8″ x 8″, 12″ high)

Stratasys WaterWorks (for melting support plastic) Process:-

After acquiring it from the 3D printer the swing was dipped in a stratasys water works machine for melting the support plastic (dark brown). Improvements:- The swing movement joint could also be incorporated with something that would stop it from going to the sides.


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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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