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Assignment 6-Molding &casting

Molding and Casting

For my molding and casting week i tried out different kinds of things. These are shown below:

1 Vacuum Forming:  I tried molding my mug using the Vacuum Forming machine.

Materials: Thin plastic sheet.

Process: The thin plastic sheet is heated and once its soft its draped over the object to be mold and the vacuum is drawn in.

Problems faced: The first time i tried molding the thin plastic sheet took too long to soften. Turned out there was a small gap left through which air was escaping and so it din’t come out quite well (shown in the first figure). The 2nd time i tried the sheet became too soft and it didn’t turn out right as well leaving my mug trapped in it. Its still trapped! (refer figure 2 and 3 above)

2 Flask casting

Materials : Cardboard boxes and cups. For objects ,For the letter A I Milled it using the CNC machine at the woodshop. For casting- plaster and Resin

Process : The object to be mold is glued to the bottom of the flask to avoid it from moving during casting.

Problems faced : The mold turned out pretty great but it had kind of overlapped at the top and it was difficult to pour the  plaster in during casting.

Pattern casting : Pendant


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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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