Simulated Nature “Museum of the Future” by Becca Epstein

Assignment,Final Project,Laser Cutter,Submission — Rebecca Epstein @ 7:57 am

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This is the way a future society would present our natural world. They try to create a scientific image of our life, but they mix everything up a little. Instead of a typical white platform, the presentation stand is a gold stand reminiscent of ornate frames. Instead of an upright lake, there is an upside down representation of a lake.

Two Chairs/Conversation Part 3 “Serene in Chaos” by Becca Epstein

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Chairs/Conversation Part 2 by Becca Epstein (2013)

Assignment,CNC Router,Rhino3D,Submission,Technique — Rebecca Epstein @ 5:30 pm

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chairPrototype4Visually, this chair came out the way I envisioned it, but it was not physically secure. The triangular support pieces I made did not fit correctly and I had to leave them out. I plan on making pieces to secure the legs against the table top on both sides in the next version. I will also make it so the legs do not connect all the way to the surface. This time to hide the ugly bruises of the legs sticking up, I cut another circle to place on top. I found the size of the seat and the height of the chair to work for the idea I was trying to capture. On the next version, I want to make the placement of the legs look more purposeful. I did very carefully choose where to put the legs, but it seems from the sideways view, very random. Another addition I would make is a cushion. A flat surface as a chair is not meant to be something to lounge on, but at the moment, it would be difficult to even relax with how hard the chair is.

Two Chairs and a Conversation: “Inner Peace Chair” by Becca Epstein (2013)

Assignment,Rhino3D,Software,Submission,Uncategorized — Rebecca Epstein @ 8:03 am

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I went to a Quaker High School for three years, but it wasn’t about religion or god. It was about inner peace and meditation. I imagine this chair being used in that mindset for an intimate conversation or a group reflection similar to a Quaker meeting. Quakers sit quietly until they feel the need to speak. This is the environment I want to create. I want the sitters to be surround and close to nature  which is the reason for the low seat. I want to sitters to find inner peace and connect to the people around them. This chair can be anywhere where you can reach your hand down and stroke a blade of grass or a leaf. I chose to place the chair on a little clear grass next to the Morewood parking lot on the way to my dorm. People can stop, think, and converse here. College students and the community can find a moment of peace in the middle of their hectic lives.

Imaginary Habitat: “Nomadic City” by Becca Epstein (2013)

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Imaginary Landscapes: “Nose Climber” by Becca Epstein (2013)

Assignment,Final Project,Laser Cutter,Submission — Rebecca Epstein @ 2:46 pm


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This work represents the intersection between humanity, the impression we will leave on the world, and the elements. The different settings each show a different take on this intersection and a new way to view the work through color and light. This work is made from water color sheets to create a representation of the fragility of life. There are 140 pieces to make up a multiple of seven because there are seven continents.

Laser Cutter Example: “Kerf-Bending Coffee Cup Cuffs” by M. Quinn Sweeney (2013)

Artists,Laser Cutter,Reference,Technique — Rebecca Epstein @ 2:08 am

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Everyone grabs a cuff when they buy coffee, but Sweeney decided to make attractive, reusable plywood cuffs. The cuff bends because the creator used laser Kerf-bending. He cut slits and designs into the plywood which reduced the closed surface area and made the wood more flexible.

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Laser Cutter Example: “The T-Shirt Issue” by Mashallah Design and Linda Kostowski (2008)

Artists,Laser Cutter,Reference,Technique — Rebecca Epstein @ 1:59 am

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These pieces are created by turning 3D images into  unfolded 2D polygons and then  laser printing them on fabric. The polygons are then sewn together. Though these steps create a digital twin of the original 3D image, they also allow the viewer to see in a different way.

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Laser Cutter Example: “Laser Toast” by Thomas Modeen (2011)

Artists,Laser Cutter,Reference,Technique — Rebecca Epstein @ 1:35 am

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This project uses a laser cutter on bread to create the perfect PB&J sandwich. This piece has four layers all with deep cuts so that the sandwich can be pulled apart; the bottom layer has shallow cuts to create a toast pattern and deeper cuts for the pull away sections, the next layer has compartments for jelly, the following layer has compartments for PB, and the top layer has shallow “toast” lines and lines to show the order to eat the sandwich in.

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