Vessel by alix12 on Sketchfab

1. Use Polygon, set up three Number Sliders for Radius (R), Segment (S), Fillet Radius (Rf)

2. Use Move twice to extract the two polygons, use Unit Z to make them follow the Z direction. Add Number Slider following Unit Z

3. Pull up an Offset Curve for the three Polygons

4. Add Rotate for the bottom and top polygons

5. Use Loft Command to connect the three Polygons

6. Use Deconstructed Brep

7. Use LunchBox command to add pattern

Privacy Screens for Kids – Spring 2019

The final project for the Spring 2019 term – Privacy Screens for Kids – is available now.   Hit the link between the paragraphs below.  The assignment asks students to design a family of laser cut privacy screens for preschoolers, and to build 3 individuals at 1:4 scale.

Previously we’ve always built at full scale in the laser cutting projects.  Or at least we’ve tried too, with a hit-or-miss sort of success record.  I’m hopeful that the 1:4 scale will take some of the financial sting out of the projects, minimize catastrophic structural failures, and will force students to truly design in the plural form; you all must build three screens that work, not one screen that works.

Fall 2018 Final Project – Privacy Screens for Kids

The final project for the Fall 2018 semester is outlined in the Google document below.  This is a variation of a project the class has done a few times before – free standing laser cut privacy screens made from chipboard.  This time for kids!  Also – no stacked blocks, egg crates, or voronoi based assembly systems this time around…


Spring 2018 5 Week Project – 2D Interiors





The first project of the Spring 2018 semester – 2D Interiors – can be found online here:

This is the first time we’re trying this project.  Students are asked to identify a precedent 2D Interiors system – either a floors wall, or ceiling system – and to extend that system parametrically.  The assignment is similar to the Seating assignement we used to do, in that students do not have to design the systems – they only have to make them dance.