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Understanding mechanical explorations to create an abstract object.

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Mechanical Exploration

Objective: Create an inspiring mechanical sculpture. It is essential for design students to understand the basics of mechanisms and how things work. 

During this two week assignment, Karsten Goodwin and I explored, designed and built mechanisms. We started with an in-class workshop, during which we brainstormed simple mechanisms that fascinated us. From there, we took off and began to create our Dandelion-like mechanical sculpture. We were both fascinated with the motion of flying and we wanted our mechanism to celebrate that motion and emotion. This assignment incorporated hand making skills and also skills in Solid Works. We 3D printed and laser cut custom parts from the plates to the gears to the wings. Working as a team gave Karsten and I the opportunity to observe and problem solve and push each other to challenge the limits of our mechanism.