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For my final project, I plan to create a 3D-printed strandbeest. This is inspired by Theo Jansen who create Strandbeest, “Sand Beasts”. They are self-propelling walking sculptures. One such example of Jansen’s work is the picture above. I plan to take his designs and shrink them down to a more manageable design, about the size…

Design Preview: ArtisanalTime

I have always wanted to create a timepiece from scratch and sought the opportunity create one focusing on the aesthetics. I had already watched tutorials on how people build their own wristwatches. I finalized the mechanism I’d utilize to the ST3600k, a skeletonized version of ST3600 which is a hand wound mechanical watch movement made…

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As mentioned in my Main project plan and inspiration post, I have initiated my work on building an anamorphic sculpture. The main function of this sculpture is to act as a model to cast shadows from two views. The dynamic aspect of the project requirements will be met with the anamorphic design of the sculpture.…

Design Preview Report: Sci Fi Robot

Inspiration: I am fond of Sci-Fi literature as I believe this is most important form of literature which impact and guides the future of our world. It talks about how the world intend to be, how computers may forge the world of tomorrow among many other prescient events. My main inspiration for trying to build…

Design Preview – Abstract LED Rock

Introduction: In today’s fast-paced and technology-driven world, we often find ourselves seeking solace in nature. But what if we could combine the best of both worlds and create a unique, calming experience that blends technology with natural aesthetics? In this blog, I will take you through the project’s concept, the reasons behind the chosen aesthetic,…

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What I’m Going to Make I’m going to make a Lego Generative Art Web App. It’ll be a little application that rubs on a web browser, and it will allow users to create their own procedural environments. Each environment is unique; no two environments are the same, and that’s because of the nature of generative…

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Overview: For my final project, I am creating a piece of artificial moss wall art that has an interactive component. I plan to embed LED strips into vertical CNC milled grooves in a rectangular piece of wood I have. I will program the LED lights using the Arduino microcontroller so that when a person walks…

Design Preview: Mechanical Drawing Machine

What I want to build a mechanical drawing machine that produces spirograph style images. My inspiration comes from various artists doing this, but in particular James Gandy: Mr. Gandy produces beautiful artwork with his drawing machines. His primary machine has a clean looking, industrial aesthetic using intricate machinery. I think there’s something nice about being…

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This project is a unique and innovative clock design concept that blends modern minimalism with nature-inspired elements to create a positive and tranquil atmosphere in any space. The inspiration for this clock comes from modern buildings with vertical gardens, where the greenery adds a calming effect to the surrounding environment. My plan is to incorporate…

Design Preview – Celtic Puzzle Box

For my final project, I wanted to choose something that was decorative and ornamental as well as functional and purposeful. I landed on a puzzle box, which is a box with a complex, hidden, or convoluted mechanism of opening. Often, these boxes require sliding, pushing, spinning, and reorienting in order to unlock various portions and…

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I cut out the geenral shape of pieces that I needed to make sure I had enough fabric. I used sewing needles as sewing pins for the time being, since I did not have my full sewing kit at the time. The image below is all the pieces cut out to sizeandlayedoutonthefloor. Since I did…

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DESIGN: MATERIALS NEEDED: 1.oven bake clay (white, pink, blue, orange) 2. Recycled beads 3. String 4. Jump Rings 5. Glasses hinges (TBD on this) 6.  Glue FABRICATION PLAN create clay frames in individual pieces bake at 175 for 15 min let cool Fit check frames on face Adjust as needed assemble individual pieces (glue or…

Design Preview: DIN Rail Card Artifact

In the past, I have used 3D-printed business cards to display my expertise in this style of manufacturing. Now, I would like to expand their influence to showcase my design aesthetic principles and talents. These cards will be mounted on a portable DIN-rail system with a bold carrying handle design. The dynamic aspect of the…

Design Preview: Cantilever Suspension

Background For my project, I’m going to make a cantilever suspension setup for a SN-95 Mustang with a maximalist and functional upcycled aesthetic. The suspension is meant to relocate the standard suspension for functional reasons as well and aesthetic reasons. I want the suspension to have an upcycled and understated aesthetic with its construction while…

Design Preview Specs

https://www.aesdes.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/video1563886475.mp4 Not much has changes in terms of the layout of the front panel, but the back panel slightly changed to fit all of the connectors that will be feeding the device. There will now be two XLR connectors in the back next to the power input. The main Aesthetic is still the swiss mechanical…

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. For the main project, I am designing a custom forend for a rifle I have been working on for the past few years that will allow the barrel to free float, which is a desired feature for consistency and accuracy. It will also retain the option of using a front sight, which is usually…

Escapement Mechanism Design Preview

For my project I am creating a wooden escapement mechanism modeled after the aesthetics of antique clock internals and wooden kinetic sculptures. I really wanted to work on my mechanical design skill in parallel with my aesthetic design skills. I also wanted to create an interesting artifact that could be displayed as a kinetic sculpture.…

Design Preview: Retro Futuristic Alarm Clock

Inspiration For my final project, I will design and build an alarm clock based on the aesthetic of late 70’s futuristic and science fiction design. This style is often called “Cassette Futurism”. The modern product design of the 70’s was very sleek and minimalistic, as pictured in the cover photo [1], while the science fiction…

Design Preview – Desk Drawer

Vision For my final project I am building a desk drawer for my custom built desk. The drawer is primarily intended to fill a gap that exists between the riser and the main portion of my desk. Currently, the space is occupied by books, pencils, and other miscellaneous items. Having a bunch of junk visual…

For my project, I have decided to create a brutalism water wheel. With the brutalism aesthetic, the specifications I would like to meet are that it is as geometric as possible and also looks closely like concrete. My design will be driven by water being poured onto it from above (utilizing gravity to rotate it).…

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Discovery of ideal chair proportions so that anyone can use the chair rather than it being optimized to my dimensions. More refined sketches. More refined sketches. More refined sketches. Origination of the idea is based on a logo I designed. Origination of the idea is based on a logo I designed. Ideal chair angles and…

Design Preview Report: Wood Bathymetric Map

For the final project, I am creating a Wood Bathymetric Map. I feel this title accurately captures the aesthetic of the project as well. I will be creating this map for Lake Vermilion, MN, a lake I spent many summer weekends growing up. https://www.aesdes.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/LV2.mp4 (Google Earth) To create this bathymetric map, I am using Digital…

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[1] Mirror inspiration In order to create the dynamic mirror I am hoping to create involved a lot of research in order to create a plan of attack for my project. To begin, I have been looking into how to create a mirror. I was considering three different methods, 1) upcycling mirrors  2) using 3…

Design Preview – Minimalist/Contemporary Tabletop Fountain

(AI-generated imagery) Background  The design I decided to go with is a Minimalist/Contemporary miniature tabletop water fountain. I was mainly inspired by minimalist architecture and interior design aesthetics when creating this design. The aesthetic I was going for is characterized by minimalism, a light color palette, geometric shapes, sleek lines, and modern design. Design Goals…

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For my aesthetic for the project I am aiming for a nature core as well as brutalist look. The nature core comes into play as the piece is encompassing a deer and nature which is very interesting to me because I love the outdoors. The brutalist look is going the come from the material choice…

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Over Spring Break I was able to complete a decent amount of work of this project, nearly completely it to be honest. As I previously said in my prior post, I am planning on making a wooden jewelry box with a pin hinge that is inspired by mid-century modern furniture. The project thus far has…

A Preview of the Automated Coffee Machine

As with my previous project, I wanted to create something that fits within the coffee house aesthetic. The earthen tones and subtle flashes of greenery are incredibly soothing, and conducive to productive work. The natural material of furniture often found within a coffee shop also has a certain appeal, and whether it be leather couches,…

Design Progress – Contemporary Desk Lamp

Background: Inspirations Contemporary Mid-Century Modern Specifications Wood Articulating Variable light settings Stable Folding Constraints Compact Durable Energy Efficient Light-weight Simple electronics Initial Plans: Initially I planned to make the lamp in a contemporary and minimalist design. This means that it would be constructed of wood and have minimal complexity in terms of wiring and construction.…

Design Preview: Record Player

  Project Plan For my project I plan on making a scaled down turntable model that incorporates aesthetics from some of my favorite bands from the 1960’s to the 1990’s. This would include Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, and Queen to name a few. The turntable will be driven by a small motor and…

Design Preview – Ebike Battery

Ebike Battery Enclosure I built a custom ebike a few years ago. The battery I built for that project has since left us (RIP) due to some unfortunate electrical oversights. For this project, I have been designing a new battery with the proper safety equipment. To mount this to my bike and protect the batteries,…

Adjustable Tensegrity Table

For my final project I have widdled down my idea to an adjustable tensegrity table that expands on what I learned from my first table below.  I plan to use only two cables in my next table, one for the center, and another that acts as the four outside cables using a pulley-system as shown…

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The artifact I will be producing is a Ferris wheel that has become overrun by nature. This goes back to the very first aesthetic I explored! Depictions of this aesthetic include imagery of nature flourishing despite man-made obstacles – how humanity has abandoned, neglected, or mistreated a space that was once vital to everyday life.…

Design Preview – Minimalist Shelf

As with any good engineering project, I started with a problem that I wanted to solve. I frequently entertain myself with PC gaming, and some of that involves flight sims, including Atmosphere and Newtonian space. As such I have a decent collection of joysticks, throttles, and pedals that unfortunately frequently end up in a pile…

Design Preview Report: Iris Mechanism Table

Inspirations: The inspiration for my design came largely from the circular motion of a camera aperture. What opens and closes a camera aperture is called an iris mechanism, and this is something that I wanted to incorporate into my design. An iris mechanism works by having blades arranged in a circular pattern that move together…

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Inspiration: Carnovsky RGB art Works by https://www.carnovsky.com/works.htm Carnovsky is a Milan based art and design duo comprised of Francesco Rugi and Silvia Quintanilla My notebook Carnovsky create and exhibit their unique style of art under different lighting colors and conditions revealing and hiding different aspects of their work. Layering different compositions with different tinted colors,…

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(Such a perfect  PLA color for an ocean theme(aesthetic), though failed during the testing process lol ) As I mentioned in my previous posts, I want to create a unique night light with a breathing effect in the Kawaii aesthetic(maybe focusing on marine mammals, to stay consistent with other objects in my room). I’m trying…

Jewelry Box Design Preview Report

INSPIRATIONS As I have mentioned in my previous posts I am continuing with the Art Deco style jewelry box with the stained glass arrangement on the lid. My inspiration comes from my fascination with the intricacy of church architecture mainly seen in European countries. I have a decent amount of jewelry so I think creating…

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My final project is going to be a mechanical watch holder. The goal is to have two bevel gears attached to a base and powered by a hand crank. Above are two bevel gears that I have borrowed from Thingiverse since I am not skilled enough in CAD to make my own[1]. I also plan…

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For my final project I am building a stand for a model Lego Saturn V rocket. I want the stand to support the rocket vertically so that the rocket is standing upright and I want the stand to be steady enough that I don’t have to worry about the model tipping (especially considering the fact…

Design Preview Report – Skateboard Deck

Skateboarding has been around since the 60s and has changed quite a bit since its introduction. Over the years, advances in manufacturing, materials, and general deck knowledge have caused the skateboard deck to evolve significantly. For my final project, I will be making my own skateboard deck using a homemade press and mold. The mold…

Design Preview Report: Double Pendulum

Aesthetic For my double pendulum violin design, I want to make this with a pair of artistic styles that will complement each-other. I want to combine Arts & Crafts aesthetic with a Baroque antiquity aesthetic. Because the Arts & Crafts movement was inspired heavily by the Baroque this should not be too challenging. For this…

Design Preview Report – hourglass

For my final artifact, I’m choosing to go with a minimalistic hourglass. I originally was deciding between a modern and vintage aesthetic. However, after doing the sketching exercise, I was really inspired by the minimalist design. This is an artifact I want to keep on my desk and my room has a minimalistic style, so…