CNC Holder 2.5 Axis

This holder is designed possibly as a fruit basket or table ornament.  The joints are waffle notch joints.  I wanted to experiment between the CNC router and vacuum former in the dFAB lab.  I was impressed with the variety of forms that developed out of each pocket of the waffled structure as the plastic formed and cooled.

3D Printer Flow Chains

My 3D print works were explorations into the Rhino 4.0 command “FlowAlongSrf”.  This unique command takes three dimensional geometry and uses a reference surface to warp that same geometry into the shape of the target surface.  My first goal was to create complex interlocking chains to print in plastic.  After that I decided to push the limits of the plaster printer through the same process of warping geometries to other surfaces.

2 Skinned “Box”

The creation is laser cut cardboard and acrylic.  The cardboard rotates inside the acrylic to reveal a storage cavity.  A stand was created as an improvement to the overall design.

Motion into Form

Regarding M Morrison and CNC-Routing/assignment

Assignment,CNC Router,dFAB CMU — Ali Momeni @ 4:54 pm

I have been in communication with Zach about the CNC-router at M Morrison and the difficulty to schedule times on it.

He is aware of the problem and is working to open some times, but our schedule happens to collide with projects/deadlines in architecture.

Luckily, the Doherty Hall CNC-router is now completely installed, training (for myself and School of Art tech staff) will take place in the next week or two and we should have access to the router for the second have of the project.

In the mean time, please continue with your designs for the 2.5-axis milling assignment (“the holder”) and be prepared to present the designs without the fabricated object on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.  For those who will not have a chance to cut their designs on the router, I recommend fabricating a prototype at a smaller size, using the laser cutter.

IN CLASS: Feb. 8, 2012: 3D printing demos @ CMU dFAB (Mag Morrison)

3D Printer,dFAB CMU,In-Class — Ali Momeni @ 8:58 pm

Reminder to meet at 8.30am sharp at the dFAB facilities in M Morrison for Zach Ali’s demonstrations of usage of the 3D printers.

IN CLASS: Jan. 25, 2012

dFAB CMU,In-Class,Laser Cutter — Ali Momeni @ 12:51 pm


  • meet at Marge Morrison’s dFAB facilities at 8.30AM sharp
  • bring your files for the first assignment (on flash memory or accessible online)
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