For my flying whale/surreal stirling engine project, I have some things to keep in mind…
1. Time is going to be a big constraint. Since I am taking 12 credits as a grad student (which is quite a lot), I have a lot of other projects to work on.
2. Money is my other huge constraint. I want my project to look nice, but I will have to upcycle a lot to keep the overall cost low.
3. Since a lot of my parts are going to be 3D printed, I plan to use the printers in the grad area (in the Forge). However, lots of other people use it, so availability is an issue. I might just have to start getting there early in the morning.
4. I’ve worked with foam before, but for making molds instead of for art. Making a whale from foam might take a few iterations and lots of patience.
5. The stirling engine needs to actually work. It doesn’t have to be very efficient (although that would be nice), but getting it to work reliably might require some adjusting.