The skills obtained from Rhinoceros have allowed me accurately model and document my designs. With the ability to create, edit, analyze, document, render, animate and translate curves, surfaces, and solids with no limits on complexity, degree, or size allows for detailed geometry. With the knowledge obtained, I am able to combine my ideations into realistic objects.
The skills obtained from Solid Works have allowed me to build and replicate products by understanding how things are made. An efficient construction strategy pays close attention to injection-molded aspects such as drafts, fillets, consistent wall thickness and lip detail. With the knowledge obtained throughout the semester, I am able to use defined sketches to generate an object without interference so all components can be assembled seamlessly.
Starting with basic hand tools, my first wood assignment demonstrated patience, craft and symmetry. Given an irregular block of wood, I was instructed to chisel, plane and sand a perfect disk. I was then challenged to create a device to hold the disk using the technique of bent lamination. My next assignment was focused on carving. Given another block, I was to cut and carve a vessel made of multiple pieces. With no initial plan, I approached this task with an open mind and ended up with a finished piece that exhibits a carved texture on all surfaces. I have since gained experience on the lathe, band saw, table saw, and other power machines.
In an exercise on two-point perspective, I was tasked with drawing various shapes and rotating them around multiple axes. With this experience, I can shuffle between perspective, exploded view and orthographic projection drawings.
Drawing helps to instill a deeper knowledge of an object, allowing designers to visualize, represent, and communicate ideas. In addition to understanding a variety of viewpoints and drawing conventions, I know the inherent strengths and weaknesses of each. With the experience I have, I am able to ideate using various methods of communication to express how I experience the world.
Exploring different metals led me to examine and question the limitless possibilities of joinery and modulation. Playing with this idea of modularity, I joined thin aluminum pieces using rigid copper connectors that allow the toy to expand to three times its original size. In a subsequent exercise on precision, I was given a solid rectangular piece of cold rolled steel and instructions to drill, chamfer, tap and level precise measurements with the goal of aligning my block with a peer’s corresponding block.