CONCEPT AND PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The idea of my product family is based on iterations of city buildings into imaginary shapes of organic designs. I am interested in creating forms that are composed with cubic geometries, and deform them into more organic shapes like rocks and mountains. By combining the two, I am aiming to create forms that have the feeling of futuristic lands, mountains, which cities are built upon in a crowded way. The function of this product family is going to be a night-light, which light peaks through the translucent material and also through the different layers formed by the deformed geometries, creating different lighting opacity through the edges of the faces.
During the process, the major challenge that I encountered was how to make a populated geometry to be able to transform into different forms of compositions. It was difficult at first when I first tried to write the definition with the populated geometry tool to create the effect, since it was a lot of solid geometry, the definition ran very slowly and was unable to transform in a different overall shape.
After using the surface box tool, geometries were created along the surface guided by a vertical line instead of creating multiple individual solids. This allows the composition to change easier as one body instead of controlling every individual components. Using that element, I was able to create different combinations of transformed boxes and treating them in a more organic way.
I selected semi-clear plastic as my material to 3-d print for its effectiveness of translating light in a soft and gentle way. I also used two different colors of light source in order to make the effect of the changing surfaces of the geometric transformation, which the change of wall thickness and angles of faces change the way light translate through the body of the products.
SLIDER DATA GIF
PRODUCT EXAMPLE DATA
This project is designed by two members as a team, developing a privacy screen for children. We first started with individual ideas and concepts and later got together as a group. We were able to find a common ground within our designs, which is creating openings inside geometric shapes in order to have control over the level of openness and and closeness.
Our concept for this privacy screen design for children is to create a screen that allows gradient in the overall screen surface, so that the changing of geometric openings forms a flow within the structure, providing a change of vision from different angles. The overall shape of the screen is designed to be a semi-circle in order to form a fluid curvature to serve contrast with the rigidity of the diamond shape.
The screen structure is formed by two systems: one diamond grid system and one diamond modular system. The two systems combine into one by inserting the diamond modular system into the grid system in order for the grid to hold its shape of the curvature.
The final design successfully incorporates the effect of a gradient within the geometry, and this effect allows parents to be able to watch their child at an angle, but at the same time provides privacy in the screen space for children from another side.
FINAL PRESENTATION LINK
Effect of overall pattern in small scale
Process of Prototyping
FIGURING OUT STRUCTURE AND COMPONENTS
1 Structure Break down
2 Creating the Diamond Grid Structure for the open triangular modules
Initial Idea Sketches
- Hexagonal structure with open and closed spaces – two layers joined with middle blocks
2. Hexagonal structure divided up into half-shapes by vertical and horizontal supporting structures
Double lined hexagonal pattern
This is Tiffany (Tak Ying Chan)..third from the left. All of us are in this class :)