Final Product Families

The Product Families Assignment first got us thinking about a definition that was able to create multiple variations with only the moving of sliders. When we were asked to think about a possible object to create for this, I wanted to make sure to keep it simple, yet elegant. Keeping this in mind, I thought of the simplest forms that we are used to and concluded with parallelograms. Making vessels with varying number of points began to drive the definition, along with a few other factors.





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Successful 3D Printed Cup!

Can’t make it to class today but…

3D Print Cup

I was able to print a cup and actually make it hold liquid– rum in this case ;) It holds almost exactly 1 oz and stands about 2″ tall. The last cup I printed had holes in the base. Using my Grasshopper definition and a bit of editing in Rhino, I was able to make a solid object that printed successfully in 3 hours on the Dimension printer on campus.

Final Seating Assignment

The 3 parameters that I was able to explore with this project was the density of the number of metal mesh pipes that constructed the chair, the radius of the pipes of the chair, and lastly the location of the pipes in the frame of the chair seat…


# of Metal Mesh ranged from 1 to 40

Distance between Pipes ranged from .1 to 1

The radius of the pipes ranged from .1 to 2

Here is the first one… I was pretty happy with how this came out, except I was never able to find out how to trim the object to get the shape I wanted, instead of just the whole area.

Parameter 1

Next I was able to change the radius of the pipes that created the chair…

Parameter 2

Finally, the location of the pipes.. This one came on kind of unintentionally. I didn’t understand this parameter exactly. It involved the “Domain” on the Range button.

Parameter 3

Here is my grasshopper at its best settings:


Final 2D Image

Final 2D Image 2


So I’m very excited because I feel like I accomplished two goals: create the form I want, and to create the same form in Grasshopper. I was able to successfully use Network Surface in both Rhino and Grasshopper in order to make my surface. Network Surface

I did as Ben suggested and used a plane over my model that I used as a reference. I was then able to create the network surface without any problems..


I was supper happy with this! Although yes, the metal mesh is still missing and currently the grid is in the wrong direction…….. BUT STILL, PROGRESS.

Grasshopper Attempt 4

I was then able to successfully repeat the network surface command in Grasshopper… However, including not be able to do the pipe command, I also can’t seem to find information on Trimming in Grasshopper………….. HELP.

Seat Model

So I attempted to recreate the Bertoia Diamond Chair… It was definitely a struggle, considering that I have never, ever used Rhino before the start of this class.

Diamond Chair 02.10

I was pretty happy when I achieved the model this far. However, it was missing the most important factor: the diamond shape.

I began with constructing the general shape of the chair.

Diamond Chair 02.10

After more fiddling.. I was able to achieve a close resemblance:

Diamond Chair 02.10

Unfortunately, the seat is still a solid plane with no “mesh,” like the original.

Diamond Chair Left

The factors that I would like to edit are the seat’s deepness (where the person sits), the height of the “arms,” and the length of the chair.. If the gap between the mesh could also be edited I think that would be interesting. (not sure what my limitations are!)

Hello World!!!!!

My name is Alexandra Diaz, but everyone calls me Alex.

I am a senior Interior Design major, graduating this coming May.

I can’t wait to hopefully move onto graduate school to earn a Masters degree in Architecture.

My dream is to design homes, inside and out. My biggest inspiration is Rick Joy.

I am taking Parametrics to get myself acquainted with programs I might need in the future…

Here’s the chair I will be working on for the first project: