Drzach + Suchy – “Time”, and an interesting Japanese furniture design.

3D Printer,Artists — Justin Lin @ 8:11 pm

Watch a video showing Time.

technique: shadow cloud produced via SLS 3d-print
size: 3 images, each 74 x 74 px, ball of diameter 36.7cm

“Time” is a 3-d printed orb that has a formless, unorganised geometric structure. From certain angles, the alignment of its skeletal shapes and voids causes it to cast a shadow that is a legible image. Here the shadow tells the time as a standard clock.

From other angles, the image changes to something else.

I am intrigued and amused by the procedure and choice of fabrication method in this piece. I think the use of 3-d fabrication here feels instinctive, natural, and neccesary: to make the sphere using analog methods, would just be a real pain. The motion of the sphere and the shadows coming into alignment and misalignment are a form of suspense and release that is very engaging. Having said that though, I find the reading of the clock, sundial, and giant orb as a little crude and really mars the elegance of the activation.

watch the “making-of” video, 0:40 for really finnicky 3-d printing post-processing procedures.


Another interesting thing that isn’t really 3-d printing or digital fabrication (but probably modelled in some sort of CAD software) is Yuya Ushida’s XXXX_Sofa. Its an expandable sofa/chair contraption hand assembled from chopsticks and metal rings. I like it because, going beyond the functional furniture design reading of it, it deals with issues of living (architectural) space, solidity, functions of the body, and interactions between bodies and materials/objects. I just thought this would be informative for friends interested in mechanical things to look at.


Two Laser Cutter Designs, Two Boxes – Justin Lin

Assignment — Justin Lin @ 8:49 pm


Assignment One: Algorithm

Description: Pattern of a nut is repeated through rotation, translation scaling and iteration.

Material: To be cut out of 240 grit sandpaper.

Assignment One: Real Trace

Description: A contour trace of a slug taken from a top down photograph.

Materials: To be cut out of a paper kitchen towel or large sponge sheet.

Assignment 2 - One: Box made from One Material


Description: Design for a functional, medium load bearing pencil pot.

Material: To be cut out of 1/4″ MDF


Assignment 2 - Two: Box made from 2 materials

Description: These are “soft bricks” made from two materials, plywood and cloth, using a basic interlocking frame as a skeleton, and wrapped with canvas. The canvas is detailed with the holes typically of standard building bricks. There will be ties cut out to facilitate tying of the corners. These hypothetical building materials attempt to subvert the notion of anchorage, heft, permanence, solidity, and strength that one normally associates with bricklaying and housebuilding.

Materials: To be cut out of 1/4″ birch ply and unbleached cotton canvas tarp.

Please find all four files in the zip folder contained here: assignment 1 and 2

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