The form and joint of each part resembles the shape of bones and their joints.
Topology study: an organic process.
The simulation process of topology study resembles the iterative process found in evolution, where variations are tested against the environment to find the best result.
The final form is then built separately in Solidworks based on the simulation result shown here.
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Prototype & machining
A machining exercise.
The project is originally made for a CNC class. I wanted to challenge myself with complex forms, and a challenging material—wood—a fibrous material prone to tear-outs and other unique challenges.
Two sides, one tool.
All parts are made with a two-way flip process. Each part is designed to ensure that no undercuts are present, and every detail has a minimum radius of 1/2 inch. The latter ensures that a single 1/2 tool can machine out every feature with no tool change.
Accommodating protrusions with custom stocks.
For parts with protruding features, custom stocks are made to save material and time.
For this specific part, side 1 is milled first, then protruding blocks was glued onto side 2, dried overnight, then machined on side 2.
Parts, jigs, joints.
Jigs were created to ensure proper glue-up of the angled joints, and to glue up smaller assemblies into the full form.