I haven’t had much time in the past week to work on physically progressing my project much farther. I have put a decent amount of time into trying to source magnets from a cheap and reliable source. In sourcing the magnets, I believe that I can get all of my magnets for under $25 which would cut the total projected cost of the project in half.
Due to my lack of experience in artistic wood work, I have been brainstorming better ways to fabricate the base for my mendocino motor. The most compelling solution at the moment is to laser cut acrylic sheets and stack them to make it 3D. In doing this, I would keep the curvature of the fighter jets mentioned in my last post while adding a stepping/riemann sum effect to the curves. It would be focused on a pleasant curvature at first glance and then transitioning into a slightly more rigid and square design upon further investigation. The biggest draw back of this design is simply the cost of the acrylic material needed to make it happen.
The other options that I have looked into would be machining the base out of Aluminum 6061, molding carbon fiber into the shape of the base, or simply 3D printing the base and finish the print with sandpaper, and possibly a color coated finish.
I plan on having all of my parts sourced and ordered by this coming Friday, so that I can work on it fairly heavily over spring break.