The purpose of this assignment is to develop your ability to create 3D models for prototyping physical objects at medium fidelity.
You have a choice of what to model, but your design must use all 3 of the following primitive operations:
- Boolean (adding or subtracting one object from another)
You may use any other capability you like in Rhino, but at least those 3. Create the model, convert it to a MakerBot STL file, and get it printed. Keep the size and resolution reasonable -- there are many of you who have to get access to the machines, which are not the speediest of rendering devices. Remember, this is just a prototype.
For this assignment, you should design something that would be useful in your everyday life - it must serve some function rather than just being art or for decoration. Here are some ideas:
- A stand or case for your phone
- business card holder
- pen holder
- salt & pepper shakers
- door stopper with room number on it
- cable organizer
- soap dish
- toothpaste squeezer
- coin organizer
- coffee sleeve
- cookie cutter
- lemon juicer
- shopping bag holder
- piggy bank
- anything else you can dream up!
We realize that it is entirely possible to simply find an existing model online and print that for this assignment. That is not the goal here; we want you to design and build something of your own, more or less from scratch. If you want to start with something you find online, you may do that, but you must be clear about attribution, and you must significantly modify or extend the design, satisfying the basic requirements above. The goal is for you to experience 3D modeling by doing it, not just copying and pasting.
Submit the following:
Prototype Materials: Bring your actual model to class for demonstration during the crit session. Your submission here should be the original Rhino model file (.3dm) AND the MakerBot (.stl) file. You will have to submit them separately.
Project Report: Write a short post on your process blog documenting your design and how you made it. This should be neat and clear, not overly designed, but suitable for a process portfolio artifact. The report should cover the following elements:
Include sketches, scans, photos, and other evidence of the design, the model, and your experience creating it.
Design: sketches, photos of the finished model so we can see all of the parts and the finished, assembled model.
Reflection: a short summary of what you learned from this process. Your reflection can include any of the following (all not required, these are just some ideas):
- why you chose to create what you did
- challenges / frustrations you experienced
- what you wish you had known at the outset
- things you enjoyed about the process
- pros and cons of the software you used
- Note: no video is required for this assignment