Friday, March 7, 2014

Aderinsola Akintilo: A8 [ in progress ]

Interactive Cubes

This was a rather difficult assignment. One of the first times I was unable to actually finish. Let's start with the puzzle piece first. I really REALLY wanted interactive connecting cubes: like legos. My first iteration of a jigsaw piece box came out relatively ok. The only issue I had was that I didn't account for wiggle room between the pieces, so almost every piece was either too big or too small. In addition to that, the cube was...unnecessarily large. So I went back to the drawing board and decided to not waste time and just mill a block of wood. My only problem with this approach is that I did not plan the form of interaction that i wanted this block to have...before I milled and cut holes in it. The next step was much worse. Again without thinking about the interaction, I decided to take the easy route and vacuum form a plastic block. Sadly, the issue this time was that i was not patient and ended up breaking / cracking half of the brittle plastic. I plan on continuing this project during / after spring break and having some (even if it's simple) interaction between a plastic and wooden block.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ramya - I'm Falling For you!

I experimented with different materials and forms before deciding to build a container that resembled a Hershey's Kisses Candy.
I carved and stuck 4 foam cubes to make a container for my circuit.
I then cut out wooden circles to make the base, but ended up not using them to reduce the weight of the container.
I then cut out two pieces of sheet metal, and glued and riveted them together.
I drilled holes and wove two ribbons through them to pull the four sides of the container together.
I then used 4 more foam cubes to make a cover for the container. I colored them brown to look like chocolate. The pressure applied by the ribbons keeping the sides together kept the lid of the container in place. 
I wrapped the entire container in paper to resemble candy wrapping. 
It survived the fall, and bounced on landing!