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A SYSTEM SET by Ali Alwayel
November 9, 2010, 11:03 am
Filed under: makeLab Student Post

A SYSTEM SET

By: Kyle Post

After exploring digital fabrication software/hardware capability in his GIZMO, Kyle Post continues his exploration. Kyle is focusing on the exploration of different material interactions and the connections between them. Kyle is supporting his GIZMO project with his own funding. Instead of buying new materials, Kyle is pursuing the reuse of waste materials. Up until this point, the only cost to Kyle has been the purchasing of router bits required to machine the materials.

The first prototype of a custom surface was done using tree logs as the base material. The logs were easy to obtain and each piece was unique, but it was difficult to work with curved surfaces covered in bark. Kyle quickly realized that the time needed to measure and document each log and then fit it into an overall custom surface would have been overwhelming. He found a perfect alternative solution: rough sawn lumber (found at a saw mill near his house). The lumber was leftover from the rough cutting process. Each piece is essentially a log, but flat on all sides.

All of the logs are in modular sizes that led Kyle’s design to a modular system rather than a completely custom surface. A system of interlocking friction fit joints was designed and is currently in the prototype process. In the end, these individual units (bricks) will link into an overall system. Each face of a log can fit cohesively together with the face of another log, creating a system that is modular in two ways: stacking and assembly. The assembly of the units can take on an infinite variety of forms as the joint design allows for x-y axis rotation with growth in the z-axis.

Kyle is aiming to make his design as efficient and modular as possible while facilitating the creation of a unified surface. He is developing a joint that enables a continuous surface while emphasizing individual units. As of now, the design forms straight, concave, or convex surfaces that are self-supporting. The way each piece interacts with each other allows flexibility in design totality. Not only will Kyle’s modular logs form a completely solid wall, but will also create spaces and areas between the logs to allow views, light passage, and ultimately emphasize positive and negative space.

By: Ali Alwayel

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