the Hexagon Hive

Our team’s privacy screen was inspired by static partitions that appear to have movement through their organic and undulating forms.  An important design consideration for us was that our screen not only provided privacy but varying levels of privacy from different view points, therefore adding to the sense of movement and creating variation in the overall screen composition.

We faced many challenges in getting our definition to work successfully.  While it seemed to work on Grasshopper, we printed numerous test models only to find out that this was not the case when attempting to assemble the individual cell components.  Surfaces that were supposed to go together according to the definition did not match up.  We spent most of the project trying to resolve this through trial and error and really working through the definition to identify the problem.  We were beyond thrilled when we finally resolved the issue and our model pieces actually fit together! The definition finally worked!

Because of the problems we encountered and the length of time it took to resolve, we ultimately ended up with a very simple definition with two design variables: cell count and input surfaces.  We experimented with numerous surface types and cell counts and found that a curved surface with a higher cell count was best to achieve the different privacy levels we wanted.

While our final screen does not have the type of movement and undulation as the partitions that initially inspired us, we were able to produce a screen that has the varying levels of privacy that we intended. Overall, our team is very happy with our final project and proud of the challenges we overcame and the work we accomplished.

Privacy Screen…still in progress!

My screen is still in progress!  I originally wanted to create a wall surface with triangular openings similar to the images and sketches below, however, I was having a difficult time achieving that result.  Instead, below is what I currently have along with the definition.  I created a panel of triangles, offset them, and subdivided each triangle into more triangles. I will keep trying to see if I can get to the original design intent and post my progress.




privacy screen definition




Product Families Update

Since presenting this project, I’ve made a few adjustments to the product family. Last time, I had several different variables that I adjusted to produce each variation of the series of bracelets.  In this updated version, I instead only focused on one variable to make the five different versions, which is highlighted in the definition.  Also, I found that due to the volume of each item, the cost to print each bracelet in the cheapest material was ranging from $75 to $136…eek!  I therefore decided to scale them down to become napkin rings instead!  Here is the updated napkin ring definition and images of the napkin ring variations.  I’ve sent them to Shapeways to print so I will keep you all posted as soon as they arrive!

Product Families-Bracelets

Not quite there but this is what I have so far!  I made a series of bracelets with overlapping geometries.  The main parameter driver values are the radius of the circle, the number of perpendicular frame segments, the radius and shape of the polygons that determine the geometry within the segments, and the series of numbers that drive the rotation of the geometry, and the weaverbird mesh thicken.

I still need to rework the scale before 3d printing because the sizes are not right for size of bracelets. There are also some Shapeway issues such as wall thickness that need to be fixed.  I’m open to any suggestions or feedback!