Making an Iris mechanism

This is a project in which I attempted to create an iris mechanism. I chose it because, besides the aesthetic quality of it, I find its applications very relevant to me. An iris mechanism can be used as an architectural element (as with the mechanical windows at Nouvel’s Arab Institute in Paris shown below),…

False Starts and Happy Endings: Making a pen holder

For my Intro to Fabrication class final, I was a bit lost. My first inclination is to do something that mimics the aesthetics of butterflies, but I wanted to do something functional instead. Making pretty things is cool, but making pretty things that have a function is even cooler….

Slicing and Stacking

After a number of false starts, undelivered materials, and soul searching, I decided to use cardboard + vinyl as my material combination for this project. My self-defined challenge was to make it a 3D figure somehow out of those two materials. I played around with 3d models to end…

Making A (Fictional) Dashboard

For this fabrication project, I decided to make an old dream come true by constructing some sort of a dashboard with buttons, knobs, and user interface details. The parameters of this project is a to build an enclosure with the needed components within and without. Since I am not…

Making A Coral-inspired Object

As I have been heavily researching coral reefs as part of my Temporary Expert research project, I decided to make an object that incorporates the aesthetics of coral somehow. The parameter of the project in the context of the Intro to Fabrication class is to use the laser cutter. Design for…

Incandescence [Inspiring Object]

A field trip was in order, and the destination was Lightning Plus, a lighting-related boutique that sells lamps, LEDs, bulbs, fixtures, and pretty much everything related to electronic light. I was to pick an inspiring object. I am very attracted to the shape of the original, incandescent light bulb. It is a timeless system…

Fabricating a “Flashlight”

My first project as part of the Intro to Fabrication course is to make an operating flashlight. My first step was to figure out what constitutes, electronically, a flashlight. Simply put, the simplest flashlight I can make is, a bulb or an LED, either two serially connected AA batteries, or  a single…