Thursday, May 29, 2014

I created random forms and shapes and had them cut out of acrylic by the laser cutter
I then heated the sheets in an oven until they were pliable.
I very much liked the experience of forming these flat shapes into dynamic transparent forms 

Tim Kent: Spring Quarter Post 3. Advanced Digital Sculpture 450 Final works!

For my last post, I wanted to dedicate it to the final pictures of pieces once finished.

The last image is of a 'painting' I created using left over wood. I played around with a lot of tests to come up with the design and this was my favorite.
For more work and info on my artwork, check out my artist website :

Tim Kent

Rebecca Blessing - slots

Formed three primitive shapes and laid them out to be cut by the laser 
I then proceeded to do a free form type of sculpting process where i let the form expand and grow without any laid out plan or purpose

Tim Kent: Spring Quarter Post 2. Advanced Digital Sculpture 450

Picking up from post 1, after the wood was laminated together, I sent them to the laser cutter to have the slices cut.

I sliced it vertically, with the plane going from front to back. This allowed me to have a larger surface areas of slices to ultimately utilize the grain and geometric quality of the laminated wood.

Here is a picture of all the pieces cut, and taped up ready to be stained. The tape is to protect the wood from the stain and poly urethane, because wood glue only bonds raw wood surfaces to other raw wood.

Here is a picture of the aluminum strips I created to wrap around the edges of the wood. I marked out the width of the wood, and cut the strips on a stomp sheer.

The next step was to attach the aluminum sides. I did this by two applications. First I used Loctitie professional super glue to adhere the aluminum to the wood, and then they were secured in plain with stainless steel screws.

Using nail clippers, I cut the edges off, and tension from the screws was enough to hold them down.

Lastly, here are two pictures of the layers being glued together, after a few coats of natural finish stain by Minwax, and a few Polycrylic urethane coats:

As you can see from the photos, a core system was set up to insure all slices line up, but the holes were left off of the front and back layer so they would not be visible.

For more work and info on my artwork, check out my artist website:

Tim Kent

Danielle Aras-Independent Project Process

These are some images of the process of making the Chicago Federal Building model.
 I did the initial 3-D model in Maya. Knowing the building was symmetrical, I made it as easy as possible on myself by only modeling one of each wall that was repeated more than once.

 The next step was to take the model into Pepakura and unfold it. I made two separate models, one for the base and one for the cupola. In this image, the colored pieces in the right window are all I needed to build the whole model.

After unfolding the model, I used Illustrator to add the cutout details and windows.
 This is what the files I sent to the laser cutter looked like...
And these are the pieces I got back, ready to be assembled. The final product can be seen in my other post.

Danielle Aras-Independent Project Part 2

The second building I chose to recreate was the former LA County Courthouse. It was built in 1891 and demolished in 1936 as it had been outgrown.

 This is the current state of the model. It still needs to be painted and the details of how it will be displayed worked out, but the general construction is done. There are also some smaller paper details that will need to be added to complete it.
I definitely learned a lot from modeling and constructing the Chicago Federal Building model, so the process of making this one went a lot more smoothly and there were less adjustments that had to be made after I had the pieces laser cut.
The final dimensions are approximately 3.25'x4.25'x4'

Danielle Aras-Independent Project Pt. 1

This quarter, I worked on large-scale models of buildings that have been destroyed. I used the Pepakura process to translate 3-D models made in Maya into cardboard.
The first building I chose was the former Federal Building and Post Office in Chicago. It was completed in 1905, and demolished in 1965 to make way for a larger building.
This is the resulting model. I still consider it a work in progress, now that I have the structure completed I will have to figure out how to finish it and how it should be displayed.

The final dimensions are approximately 4'x5'x3.5'

Rebecca Blessing - Final Waffle Structure

Created a 3d model in Z-brush, brought it into Rhino, and serial sliced it 

the final slice 


The idea was to create a structural sphere like waffle structure, expressing movement and continuity. 






Maria Barragan: SLOBS

The Idea was to create a flawless, nature-like, structural crown that will depict mother nature and its beauty.