MSDT_Capstone [Update]

A progress update on this semester’s research project. The research is taking shape around narrative of nuclear genocide due to a global conflict. Those lucky enough not to be hit by the direct blasts would be bombarded by tremendous amounts of radiation. Traditionally such radiation would require massive concrete walls or thick lead shielding to survive such a fall out. The premise of this proposal is that by harvesting this radiation as an energy source, the energy of the harmful radiation would be diverted, while also providing a means of surviving amid this post-apolitical wasteland. The current proposed means of … Continue reading MSDT_Capstone [Update]

A New Project Begins… [MSDT Capstone]

B.O.L.T.S. (Bug Out Location Tactical Shelter) Course Description: The MS_DT Capstone is an intensive individual and/or team-based research project that will be undertaken under direction of thecapstone faculty and intended to be related to the research of that faculty. Emphasis is placed on developing projects that result in fullscale material prototypes, fully developed softwares, and/or architectural installations. The project will include research into innovative aspects of applying digital technologies. This work will be executed collaboratively in a format defi ned by the scope and demands of the project. Each participant will be responsible for producing an individual document that includes … Continue reading A New Project Begins… [MSDT Capstone]

Updated on Semester Research

After  further testing I have discovered that for the time being, a hexagonal grid pattern is not a viable solution for this semester’s research with the limited time left. Due to the fact that the plastic is not directly smashed on the the fabric as it was during the 2D panel tests, there is a little bit of drag that is allowed before the plastic hits the suspended fabric—this causes a certain amount of curve smoothing to occur  in the the extrusion path. Therefore a diagrid pattern is still the best solutions as it allows the extrusion path to be linear allowing the … Continue reading Updated on Semester Research

Final Design Proposal

This proposal lays out the trajectory of research based around the fabrication of light-weight printable structures formulated from a composite of plastic and fabric. The work proposes to build upon the current vein of research in extruded plastics to create a viable method of construction utilizing this method of fabrication. The work this semester is being based off the calibration of the fabrication procedures develop during the last semester’s work. It is being advanced through research in increased fidelity of the e printing process as well as further exploration into the panelization and surfacing possibilities afforded by this system. The … Continue reading Final Design Proposal

Variable Fabric Molds

Rather than striving to mold the fabric and extruded plastic composite, the project has begun to utilize actuated fabrics as molding strategies which become embed in the plastic/fabric composite.   In order to get the plastic to remain on the inside of the panels, the fabric molds will have to be inverted in order to print on the underside.     Continue reading Variable Fabric Molds