zondag 24 oktober 2010
vrijdag 15 oktober 2010
donderdag 14 oktober 2010
Our connection method can be viewed in the slides.
woensdag 13 oktober 2010
Pressure is building up as the deadline is getting closer.
After consideration, we decided not to go with wood veneer layers, this because we might not reach the deadline properly with a decent prototype. Instead, we used polystyrene. With a heat gun that was making the PS plate soft we could bend the PS very easily around the mold. Afterwards, we added Tetracloroethyleen (a degreaser for metals, gives a chemical reaction when added to PS plates) on both sides of the surface and stick them together firmly.
A new idea arrived to connect the different units together. For now, we are keeping it a little secret. It will be revealed tomorrow!
dinsdag 12 oktober 2010
Today we have made an company visit to CLEM regarding our questions about producing our units in plastic. We have learned that injection moulding is only to be used on mass production (~9000 units). Also, his suggestion was to make the parts out of wood. Because this part is much easier and cheaper to make in wood.
Quote: “You only want to be using plastics for freeform shapes and not basic straight units. We can make it though, but it’ll cost a lot more in plastic than it would in wood.”
With this extra knowledge in the back of our heads, we headed back to our IF-lab to think about what material we are going to use.
A solution was to use wood veneer layers and shape it into a mould. When you are using wood veneer, you’ll get an exclusive wood texture that feels very natural.
Tomorrow (day VIII), we will start making the mould to put the wood veneer layers in and let it harden. It’s going to be a busy and hopefully a productive day without any delays.
maandag 11 oktober 2010
vrijdag 8 oktober 2010
Time for educational moment in the busy IF week. The team has a workshop around plate techniques. How to connect plastic plates together on a efficient way without melting them together. This was very interesting to know and will come in handy to make the prototype.
In the afternoon, there was a presentation given by Bart Grimonprez about 3D prototyping techniques.
What to expect next week?
On Monday we will roundup our research about how we are going to make and connect everything together. Explanation will be made in a storybook-like manner and presented to the jury.
From Tuesday till Friday afternoon, the whole team will be working hard on making the prototype come to life. Pictures and a short description will be blogged about every day to keep you informed!
From Friday afternoon until the evening, the whole team will be moving everything from the campus to the paardenstallen for the last final jury moment. After this, the IF-week will be ended.