The “Electric” Hourglass: Final Report pt.1

Introduction The intent of the “electric hourglass” is to create a new perspective on the age-old timepiece. Its initial concept was to construct a wood stand and hourglass section in which a lighting display would imitate the movement of sand. However, this scope was narrowed by the capability of available lighting options.  More idea were developed while thinking upon…
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Fabrication Timeline

For my design, I will need to fabricate both a wood structure for my hourglass and a light installation to go inside. As of now, I am not settled on the details of my light installation so I will focus on fabricating the wood base. Taking inspiration from traditional hourglass forms, I want the wood…
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Main Project Inspiration

While I have not yet settled on a singular idea, there are several inspirations which are guiding my decision making process.  I am constantly inspired by the visual arts, literature, music, and philosophy and would like to incorporate one or more of these ideas into my work.  One idea which arose from my interest in…
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Hayden’s Aspirations

What are you hoping to gain in experience and skills this semester and by graduation? By the end of this semester and graduation, I will have hoped to improve in the following ways.  Firstly. I hope to increase my overall acumen for industrial design.  I also wish to be more efficient in the areas of…
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Hayden’s Skillset

I am a mechanical engineering major, so my skills include the general suite of CAD, manufacturing, and component analysis.  I have experience using the 3D printer, laser cutter, and most of the machines in the machine shop.  Also, I am certified to use the welding workshop. Outside of engineering, I am passionate about art and writing.  I’ve…
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Aesthetics of Surrealism

Perhaps most notable by the works of Salvador Dali, surrealism is a cultural movement popularized in Paris during the early 1920s.  Surrealism developed mostly from the Dada movement, and was firmly established by André Breton with his writing, Surrealist Manifesto.  In this work, Breton described surrealism as “pure psychic automatism”.  This phrase captures the freedom…
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