Monday, October 28, 2013

Tablecloth Capturing 3Design Explorations

For an upcoming show at the de Saisset Museum, I will be designing a tablecloth integrating workshop participants 3D designs and digital sketches. Above is a concept sketch. The show is focused on Silicon Valley's history as an agricultural center and its transformation from the Valley of Heart's Delight to Silicon Valley. The workshops will engage the public in creating 3D objects reflecting on Silicon Valley's agricultural past and technology infused present.  Here is the museum's description of the installation: A Serving of Shapes: An exploration in 3D Printing

We will be using TinkerCad and we will project onto walls workshop participants designs as they are being created. Visitors can create their designs from scratch or they can use a library of 3D shapes I create as starting points in their designs. I will create 10 or so 3D objects: acorn, canning equipment tools, farming implements, fruits, vegetables, bees, sun hats worn by farm workers, etc. Each object will be accompanied by a bit of text explaining how it is relevant to the areas agricultural history.

A selection of participants' 3D designs will be printed by the Santa Clara Engineering Department's Makerlab on their 3D printers. These 3D printed objects will be displayed alongside the tablecloth in the de Saisset Gallery.

Additionally, we are applying for an Applied Materials Excellence in the Arts Grant to support two additional workshops in the communities of Alum Rock and Mayfair. The 3D objects designed by the public in these workshops will be printed on the 3D Afinia printer I am purchasing.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Moble Maker/Tinkering Cart

Main cart components assembled.
A few years ago my dad (a retired toy designer) made this cart for my niece to sell cupcakes from. Because of permitting issues, she ended up not using it, but I recently saw parts of it in storage at my sister's garage.  This is the perfect solution for the Maker/Tinkering cart I have been envisioning creating.

I'm going to take around this mobile cart and invite kids to creatively tinker. We will stock it with muffin tins of simple making tools: cell batteries, led lights, paper circuity projects, conductive clay, brushbot parts, hacked solar lights (from garden stakes), electrical wire, switches, and hacked toy parts, etc. I have been stewing on creating a mobile cart to take around Japantown, Mayfair and Alum Rock for two years now. Recently I saw this blog posting about  a mobile 3D printer cart, so obviously others are thinking of going mobile with Maker tools as well. I hope to get my cart and supplies ready to take out on the streets of San Jose in the spring and summer. This cupcake cart would fit right in with the other carts roaming the neighborhoods selling paletas, chicharrones (fried pig skins) and Mexican candies.

Below are some photos of the set up. I need to get a new cart to fit into the assembly as the original one was hacked for another project at my sister's work. I'll post new photos once I get the assembly complete and ready to go again. I am dreaming of getting a 3D hobby printer for it, too! Dreaming big! All the supplies on the mobile cart will be used in our Maryfair Art & Design Thinking Summer Camp at the Mayfair Community Center and at the Joseph George Community Center Lab. I'm partnering with the Alum Rock Educational Foundation to expand the Art & Design Thinking camp.

All components and accessories: basic 3 parts, cup cake display carousel, cup cake storage/
transportation trays, screened bug deterrent display screen domes.

Three components before assembly:  Container Store folding shopping cart, pink umbrella 
with extended umbrella shaft and fabricated cup cake shell with prime/gloss white painted.

Progression of cup cake shell design progress/ top views
1. Left: sizing model with cardboard discs and wood separators
2. Middle: intermediate all-cardboard model with experimental fluting hot-melted in position
3. Right: finished model with 1/4" plywood discs screwed to 15 wood stake separators, with scored
plastic strips hot-melted to both top and bottom discs and wood stakes.
Note that squarish hole in bottom disc slips over shopping cart basket, while the slot in the upper
disc enables the shell to capture the handle. The upper disc rests on the top of the basket, and
the cupcake shell is sufficiently locked to the basket form.

Progression of cup cake shell designs/ bottom views
"bikes" by 3dom on Flickr (cc By-NC 2.00) Image of bikes in Laos.
Looking further down the line, it would be cool to put the set-up on a bike and also have a 3D printer on the Mobile Maker Cart.