Kevin – The Pipe

This is not the first time I been playing around with 3D modeling software, learnt Auto-CAD previously, but till the day we start using Rhino. I found Rhino is much easier comparing with Auto-CAD, no matter to grab a top view, side view or etc.

For the very first assignment, we were given a 500mm long, 200mm diameter pipe template and were asked to create the pipe in any form not exceeding the diameter of 500mm.

1. We learnt how to pan, zoom and other basic command for Rhino. Then we started to learn how to loft the pipe. Later on, changing setting of the display option, which is Display Option>Shaded>Back face Setting>Single Colour for all Back faces>Pick any colour.

2. After that, we were told how to rebuild surface of the pipe. By typing “rebuild” into the command and the select the surface that we wish to rebuild. Default setting of Rhino is U: 16, V: 8. To get a finer control of the pipe, I tried a few different setting. It’s able to be changed any time later. Besides that, we were taught how to use other command, such as: scale2d, offset, orient3p and etc.

3. After attempting few different shapes, I decided to use this as my final piece (As shown above). With a little idea stolen from the cactus, I made up my pipe and I really like it. I learnt few different things through out my experience of making up different pipes.

4. With the pipe done, we were given a script to run on Rhino, which is to fabricate the pipe.

5. After running the script, then place the ribs down flat on rhino to get ready to export to Illustrator. We are to check whether horizontal notches touch the vertical notches.

6. Layout is ready to be export to Illustrator and to be laser cut. In Illustrator, we are to separate the words and the ribs in different layer. The words are to be etched on the material and the ribs are supposed to be cut through from the big piece of material so that we get individual ribs. Before sending the print to the laser cut machine, we have to set all the lines from whatever size it is to 0.001, this is only what the laser cut machine reads. I faced a problem while I’m trying to cut my pipe. We are supposed to use the setting of 3mm MDF cutting setting on 3mm MDF, but it doesn’t cut through then I have to use the 6mm MDF setting. So, always try on a small side before starting to cut the whole piece off.

7. Picture shows my test cut piece on 3mm boxboards, which take lesser time to cut comparing to the 3mm MDF.

8. Final piece of my pipe, which is cut on 3mm MDF.

9. Just some closer snapshots of my pipe.

Name: Kevin How Chin Chong


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