My design process went through three major changes which ended up changing the project significantly. First I had to find what object I wanted to create and then what aesthetic I would fit with it. I settled on a Octopus Statue with the wooden sculpture aesthetic. In my first ideation process I was going to create a cardboard statue and laser cut it into slices that would be assembled to create a 3D model. I was going to attach LED strips to the octopus to add a dynamic aspect. I had created a tentacle before COVID-19 shut down the university
The second Ideation phase went from me creating the object at the university to creating it at home. My idea was to paint cardboard and use a box cutter to then create a simplified shape for the octopus.
Next I had a major panic about the fact that the shapes I cut out were bulky and crude and couldn’t capture the aesthetic or shape. It looked like my nephew could make it. I had to stop everything and change what I was doing.
My third ideation phase involved me going back to my first idea and creating a pure CAD model of what I first wanted to create. I used Rhino to create the CAD model and Fusion 360 to render it in a realistic way. Below is the final version of my project completed in CAD on the bottom of the tentacles are modeled LED strips.