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14 February 2011

Design Implications and Limitations

When I came to printing my sample, I realised that my model was impossible to build. The limitations of the size of the final model, to the scale of waves means that the model would be too fine to hold together. The sample size was 120x120x35mm therefore when the model was being printed, each wave would be so fine, practically dust particles, as it is such a detailed and intricate sample. Although it was frustrating having to rework my design, I found it interesting, developing it further, to make it a more viable product.

Amendments made...
As you can see, I have reduced the amount of columns on the design. By reducing this and ensuring the width of each wave being 2mm (minimum) it means that the model could be produced on the Z-Corp Machine.
As you can see above a artwork has been over-layed on top of the Rendered design.

I visualise this concept in a high end flat, for the young city professional.

Final Result

Material - 3D Rapid Prototyping, ABS- z-corp

Dimensions -120 x 120 x 35mm

Key Features

Inspiration taken from David Nash

Tools used in 3DS MAX - array, soft selection, proboolean


Huddersfield University (2011) Extra Ordinary 3d Materials [online] [Accessed: 10th February 2011)

Cass Sculpture Foundation, (2011) David Nash [online] [Accessed: 21st January 2011)

Lefteri, C (2006) Materials for Inspirational Design. Rotovision.

Typical Application

Interiors, typically a wall-covering, tiles, partition wall. By combining Shape Memory Alloys into this concept piece, it allows the plastic to bend and mould to the temperature of a room. To ensure the waves are flexible, additional plasticised should be added to the powder mix, this will enable movement.

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