Assignment 1 – The Pipe

Project 1: The Pipe (individual)

Worth: 15%

Due: Beginning of week 4’s class (11th August 2010)

Overview:  The objective of Assignment 1 is to introduce you to the SUBTRACTIVE 2D numeric fabrication process, focusing on the technique of cutting using a LASER CUT machine. Each student will be given the chance to work directly with the machine (supervised by an instructor), use the specific software to write the machine’s instructions, place the material, and oversee his/her job.

In terms of design, the intention of the assignment is to produce a large scale installation for the whole class, with each student contributing in the design and fabrication of one “pipe”.   Students will be given specific geometric constraints in order to standardize the edges of their pipes, to allow for their connection in different arrangements.  A  Rhinoscript will be provided to students to fabricate their pipes.

Constraints on each pipe:  (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

  • Size:  200mm diameter at the ends of each pipe.  Pipe to be 500mm long. Maximum diameter in the pipe no more than 500mm
  • Density:  15 ribs x 15 ribs
  • Rib Depth:  15 mm
  • Edge conditions:  No curvature on the edges of the surface – this is to allow for each piece to match up with the others.
  • Material:  3 mm plywood* sheet for your final pipe.  Test models can be made in any material (boxboard, cardboard).  Remember to adjust your notch sizes if your material thickness changes.  * ply sheets can be purchased at Manifax (166 Gertrude St, Fitzroy ph: 94194166), Bunnings and other hardware shops for about $6 for a 900×600 sheet.
  • Notch Tolerance: you will need to make your notch sizes a little bit bigger than the thickness of the plywood so that the model will fit together easily.  Use a notch size of ~3.5mm for 3mm plywood.

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