Assignments and Reading

1st week reading

1st week assignment

  • Install Rhino and VRay and watch overview of the v5 Rhino interface 
  • Choose three objects of your preference and build their outlines (projection, extract, mesh outline or else). Present at least three compositions in Rhino for the arrangement of these objects in 2D space, and briefly articulate your design decisions with reference to Roberts reading.
  • Keep the same perspective as earlier, but replace the three outlines with three simple abstract shapes of your own design. Articulate your design decisions with reference to Wong reading.
  • Choose 3D product of your preference (shoe; clock; glasses; car; stereo system) and model it with splines in 3D. Use the Osnap tool and add dimensions on the drawing.

2nd week reading

  • 3D Design - from Principles of Form and Design by Wong (sorry for the cropped pages)

2nd week assignment

  • Watch Control Point Modeling Basics (Rhino 4, 4min), Flowing objects along a surface (Rhino 4, 4min) and Modeling a water bottle (53min).
  • Open accounts in Solid-ConceptsShapeways and i.materialise (all three!)
  • Using your 3D splines object from the previous assignment, build surfaces to create a watertight solid object. Put extra attention to connectivity and edges (we don’t like open edges!). Work with layers and explore the different display modes.
  • Design and build a press-fit paper box (use thin paper not cardboard) using surfaces, including details such openings, drawers, handles and so on. Put attention to the physical connectivity between surfaces, with no use of a glue. Write few sentences on your design decision, integrity and style of the details with respect to the design, and cite relevant references from the previous readings. Share initial sketches if you have any, and explain the design process.
  • Show a default rendering of your box.

3rd week reading

  • Intro to rapid manufacturing (3 chapters) from Rapid Manufacturing: An Industrial Revolution for the Digital Age by Hopkinson, Hague and Dickens  

3rd week assignment

  • Watch modeling and rendering a bent plywood chair (ignore the rendering part, total 24min), intersecting multiple pipes (10min), and CageEdit command (2min).
  • Continue this initial wire-frame shape (R5 3dm, R4 3dm, obj, model in mm) to a watertight solid  using only solids and boolean operations. If needed, add more curves for guidance.
  • Continue this initial wire-frame shape (R5 3dm, R4 3dm, obj, model in mm) to a watertight solid using only surface operations.
  • For both of these designs, export STL files (default setting) and upload them to Shapeways, Solid-Concepts and i.Materialize, to receive quotes for Nylon12 SLS model (“white strong and flexible” or "Polyamide”). Write the costs as part of the assignment submission.
  • Based on this drawing by Liz Peyton, create a 3D model of the house. Please complete the missing pieces, to design a full 3D Rhino model. Ignore the trees. Render it with default Rhino rendering from 3 viewpoints.

4th week reading

4th week assignment

  • Watch modeling a duck (you can watch only the duck part and without the rendering, till min 32), and modeling ear buds (till min 48).
  • Print your two solids using the Formlab machine, bring the prints to class next week.
  • Switch your design files of the house (.3dm) with your pair, and briefly share your styling intentions. For next week, style the work of your friend based on her/his instructions. Share initial sketches / ideas between you during the week. Render the final results with VRay, using default setting (including a ground plate). Upload only 2 views to the website.
  • You have $50 budget for Shapeways Nylon12 order. Based on this link, design a moving-parts object with 3 directions of motion, using one of the techniques that we discussed in class. If you choose to design a flexible manifold or a string, please include more than one “atom” design, and include at least 20 atoms. Use your account only for evaluating cost and file quality only (don't order yourself). Share your STL file with me by Friday.

5th week reading

5th week assignment

  • For next week: Watch The Basics of V-Ray for Rhino (34min), and this complete airplane modeling tutorial including the Rhino rendering (which isn't VRay, 67min).
  • For next week: re-render the house (same perspective as last week) but this time apply color and materials. Justify your decisions according to last week's discussion about colors.
  • For next week: design your breakfast scene, apply materials and render with VRay using 600x1000 frame size. Don't change the default lighting and/or camera setting (this will wait for next week!). Justify your rendering using our readings (2D composition, color, etc).
  • In two weeks: design a simple hybrid: a support structure to hold or connect with a simple organic element (leaf, branch, banana, beads). Your design can be simple, but need to respect the organic object. 3D print it using Form 1. You can design something for this simple necklace (obj file), for the reed I showed in the class, or for anything you wish.

6th week reading

6th week assignment (final presentation of first module):

  • Finish the breakfast rendering project. Use professional breakfast photographs to evaluate the quality of your work and try to improve it as much as possible.
  • Finish the hybrid 3D printing project.
  • For the final presentation of the first module, prepare a 6min presentation (no more than 6 slides).
  1. Your presentation needs to be independent from the lectures syllabus. You will present yourself as a designer and your projects as your portfolio. Focus on the last three projects: breakfast rendering, mechanical freedom (3D print) and hybrid (3D print).
  2. For each project, share (briefly) a concentrated overview on the process, demonstrating diverse design skills: each project will focus on different design capabilities.
  3. For each project, present a concentrated and focused design critique.
  4. Use as many references from the readings as possible (I will value this a lot).
  5. In your last slide, review what you see as your strongest and weakest sides as a designer, and explain what you learned during the class and what you are still missing.
  6. Remember: treat your slides as a design challenge, follow 2D composition and color rules, and present a coherent design integrity.