Anybody have any thoughts on a design process in SE, for a project like this.....[yes, this is a post, about actual POST's]
My clients idea being, they will be made from a 3000mm long slab of 600mm x 600mm timber, some having 4 of these "eroded" sections along their length. There are 12 poles to make, so it will likely be CNC milled....therefore, needs to be modelled in CAD.
I think I have a bit of way to start, but just looking for some ideas......it's a little hard for me to break out of an metal work engineering mindset, into such organic chaos, so close to the weekend.
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Thanks @12GAGE, pretty much what I had in mind.....I just need to devise a strategy, so I don't get near the end and discover the thing can't be machined, without some seriously custom tooling.
No doubt this will probably all come to a halt, once the price is sent out to the client.
Yes, 3D printing is probably how this was originally concieved.
A scaled down version of the product is expected to be 3D printed, so the client can "kick the tyres" as it were, of it's final looks....but we are refining it to something a little more practical, and fit for purpose in a public space.
Mechanically, there are probably more issues, than it is worth, based on their initial concept.
.but we are refining it to something a little more practical, and fit for purpose in a public space.
I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss either the technology or material -- there are some amazing practical, durable pieces being accomplished in wood/polymer composite materials (and other materials) using RP technologies. The RP materials are improving every day and 3D printing is no longer the realm of just prototyping but now allows for production pieces, whether it be from a 3D printed car to a house.
Albeit I admit that a public place will be one of the most abusive environments your product can face but when was the last you actaully looked at durability and suitability of RP materials?
No matter how it's produced good luck in modeling. If it's done birds and other critters will love it too.
Very cool. Don't start in solids. I would create the holes as surfaces, and then build the webs between. If I were doing this, I would not try to use fillets to round things off, I'd just build it all from smooth surfaces right from the start. Fillets inevitably will leave you with weird artefacts.
Start from the solid blocks on the ends, and then start building the webs from the hole surfaces. I would sweep a half circle around the irregular profile of each hole. This was the kind of impossible stuff I used to do a fair bit of as a design consultant guy. If I were quoting this job, Id say 25-30 hours. If we could do subd modeling, it would take maybe two hours.
...birds and other critters will love it too.
That is precisely the architects thinking behind the apertures....although, the timber they have initially selected [Macrocarpa] to use, is probably not the best choice for welcoming certain types of wildlife to inhabit them, which we have advised them of.