Fall 2018 Syllabus

The class syllabus for the Fall 2018 term can be found online at the link below.  #Overhauled to fit the new INT standard — w00t!


Please check back as the syllabus will likely change over the course of the semester.  The version that this post points to is current.

Yingjie Wang_Final Submission


Project Statement:Everyone has a pen holder on the desk. My project is to design a unique pen holder. Inspired by the shape of the Canton Tower, it is a hyperbolic shape formed by a number of straight pillars. I hope to create a uniquely shaped pen holder by twisting and controlling the direction of the pillar.

My model comes from a point,then generate a line that can control the height from this points. Then divide the line equally and generate a circle at each point. The radius of these circles is controlled by the graph mapper. Then divide the circle equally to generate points. Rotate these points to twist. The degree of rotation is also obtained by connecting these points in the vertical direction to get a vertical line. Inverted vertical lines are obtained by changing the order of the connection points.

So my model has four key parameters, height, density, shape, and direction of the structure line. Considering that it is a pen holder, set the height to 5 inches to reduce the number of models generated.

Finally I used Colibri to generate 2700 models. Then upload them to design explorer to screen 100 family models and the final 5 printed models.屏幕截图(85)


Key Parameter: Height1

Key Parameter: Density1

Key Parameter: Profile Curve 11

Key Parameter: Profile Curve 21


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Product Families Final Submission

Project Statement: Inspired by Turkish “cesm-i bulbul” glassware which is created by inserting colored glass rods into the molten glass, then turning the rods to make twisting patterns, this product family seeks to emulate the visual twist of these patterns but in the structure of the vessels themselves.

The basic form of these vessels begins with a point and a line whose height can be determined with a slider. This line is then divided into equal lengths and a circle is created at each length to give the vessels their circular shape. The addition of the seam component connects the circle vertically, so the vessel’s surface is not solid but instead made up of a series of vertical lines or strands. These strands can then be twisted to give the illusion of the patterns on the Turkish glassware. Along with the degree of twist, the number of strands can be determined with the divide component a slider. This seam and divide sequence is then flipped and two interpolated curved are created so that one set of strands twists in one direction and another set twists in the opposite direction. Having two sets of strands that twist in opposite directions is necessary to ensure that the strands intersect to provide structural support for the vessel. All of these variables are funneled into the cocoon component, which essentially wraps all of these existing geometric elements and gives them thickness.

Using seven key design parameters, this grasshopper definition provides endless possibilities for vessel forms while maintaining the visual and structural twist. The 5 objects that I’ve chosen to print showcase how these variables can be manipulated to create objects that are very different in overall form with more subtle variation in their strand structure that makes them a cohesive collection.






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5 Family Members


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