Spider Toy: Wednesday Update March 30th – Industrial Aesthetics

Just got back from spring break, and the project is coming along slowly. I went to McGuckins Hardware Store to collect several “solar powered hobby cars” to collect small plastic gears and metal parts to build a prototype of my design, and then salvage the parts for the final design.  I also bought spring steel…
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3D Printer Update and Impacts of 20th Century Aesthetic Movements

This post will discuss progress on my 3D printer since Spring Break, as well as discuss how my aesthetic has been shaped by 20th Century design movements. The timing of this post’s discussion is appropriate because I’ve started constructing the stand which the printer will sit on/in, and am really working on honing in on my…
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Anfal’s Wednesday progress post

Greetings! Over the spring I have obtained everything I wanted, I have an initial design and started cutting and putting fine print layouts on the address. Although, I have not attached anything to the dress prominently. I am still struggling with the batteries, I need to figure that out. This weekend I will be attaching things…
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Surreal Stirling Engine Update

For my surreal stirling engine, the main parts that I got made are the displacer and power piston connecting rods, and the pin connectors that link the connecting rods to their respective pistons (the glass syringe plungers). Designing these connectors was difficult because the plungers need to press-fit into the units in order to avoid using harsh adhesives.…
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MIDI Drum Pad Update/20th Century Art Movement Inspiration

My Teensy just arrived in the mail today!  This will allow be to start doing some of the coding that will be included in my final project.  The Teensy uses the mBed platform for coding, so I may need to freshen up on the syntax for this platform, but I’m pretty confident I’ll be able…
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Sand Picture Frame: Update and 20th Century Design Movement Influences

If you haven’t been following this project, I am building a sand picture frame as shown in the image below. (My first prototype) First Sand Picture Frame Prototype I will break this post into two sections, the first is a quick update on the progress since the last post, the second section will cover the…
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Progress (sort of)

As far as design movements go I seem to be pulling heavily toward a modern aesthetic, due to the crisp clean lines and matching repeated geometric shapes, the materials may suggest a bit of Bauhaus, being machined aluminum, G-10 composite, and 3D printed plastic. Other design cues stem from streamlining, the curved exterior form should…
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Project Update 3/30/16: Backlight Panorama

Progress Update The panorama has been moving forward at a slow but steady pace. I’ve been making incremental progress, and as expected, I’ve begun to fall behind. Coding for the panorama has proved to be more of a challenge than expected as the pre-written code does not behave as I had previously expected. I’ve been…
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Longboard design movements + march 30th update

Longboarding has been around for a about 65 years. Originally, the sport was perpetuated by surfers in California when the waves weren’t breaking. This promoted the “classic beach look” of longboards. The main directions the sport has gone since then, are transportation, freeride, downhill, cruising, and travel. Boards vary in functionality and aesthetic with each…
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Immersion Wheel – Aesthetic Timeline Context

The Immersion Wheel motif references the Art Deco movement. Notice the repetitive lines and spade shapes that both the wheel and art deco have in common: https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=imgres&cd=&ved=0ahUKEwiVn4LGhOnLAhUil4MKHRskA9kQjxwIAw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.easyfreepatterns.com%2Fvictorian-backgrounds-patterns.html&psig=AFQjCNGOwXpstydFmpbJo-e07lUPXH-nww&ust=1459448787852844 Another characteristic of Art Deco are the radiant symmetry as seen in the sunburst over the door of the Milwaukee Gas Light Building built in 1930. http://www.adunate.com/blog/2014/09/24/when-the-flame-is-blue/
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Mechanical Clock – Project Progress & Aesthetic Changes

I’ve made some progress this past with the design of my project – the clock gearing design is finalized and the general aesthetic is taking shape. The next step is to order the hardware that I selected for the design and begin manufacturing the back plate which will  be made out of laser cut plywood. The…
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Bike Frame Influences

Originally, I was aiming for a highly angular design with bright colors and brush fonts, similar to the 80s “High Tech” aesthetic. http://gizmodo.com/nothing-is-better-than-these-80s-internet-depictions-of-1674498312 I’ve moved over to a more conservative aesthetic, that I see as having numerous, more poorly defined design inspiration. I have always been fascinated by blued steel and gilding, which I see…
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Project Update: Glass Writing Boards – March 29

Here are updates on my project since my big update last time (link). The important update is that I was able to finish my first prototype before spring break! Goals: Create product to include in presentation to facilities/ResLife Test manufacturing methods Gain clarity on future design changes, specifically focusing on the framing. Wood, extruded metal,…
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