Throughout the course of digital Multimedia 2017 the class created many prototypes of a previous design. The design the class was prompted was to create a water transporator with the materials we had at hand. The early stages of the course allowed the class to create a simple prototype by using: plastic, wood metal, plants, and irons. Thomas taught the class how to use heat to bind plastic together.
In the early portion of the class, my group’s idea was to make a triangular shaped model that would easily collected water that could be tested for human consumption. For about 6 weeks transporator my group created collected water. At one time there was about 1 pint of water collected in our rigg.
After we began to understand the basics of a plant transporator I began to create updated versions using software that allowed my fluidity to the design. More creative designs began to arise by using the program sketchup. Creating a printed 3D model of the transporator allowed me to have a tangible mockett that i could study more closely. By the end of this portion of the course i created many different versions of the transporator, and I created a plastic model and a paper fold design for my group's transporator.
Next, the class began to experiment with the CNC machine in the FAB lab. The course required some type of artist design. Using the CNC machine, the class was able to force a robot to draw a digital file. Using a jury rigged router head Thomas mounted a pen to the CNC. This machine was only capable of drawing lines so it created an intriguing result when looking at the original compared to the actual results. My robot drawn image consisted of a design based on my Father. Interestingly enough, the CNC struggled drawing anything with a tight curve, which created interesting letter characters. THe use of this machine helped later when the class began using the router for its original purpose of cutting.
Finally, the last part of the course was for each group to design a poster, paper fold, mockett, 3D model, and prototype of their combined transporator idea. My group requested to use acrylic sheeting, sheet metal, and a glue for the acrylic. After splitting up the parts of the assignment I created a poster, made a paper fold, and built our new transporator. Our goal was to create enough informative, tangible versions that someone would be interested in learning more. Thomas gave the class the assignment to have our work presented at the student symposium where we could bring more attention to how useful our ideas could be.
In conclusion, my group worked very well in this class. Thomas made this class interesting. Going to the student symposium was very inspiring. The fact that art can work with science leaves me wondering what other departments can be combined.