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Research project from Sam Dieltjens
Here are a few images of the production and display of the seven bays we made. The prints are part of the research project ‘Dwelling, the Conversation Pieces’. Dwelling has a double meaning of both 'living somewhere' and 'building'. Artist Harald Thys was fascinated by the Neue Reichkanzlei from Albert Speer (for Adolf Hitler). This inspired me to create a 3D model of the building. Creating this model, it appeared to me the 415m long facade is constructed through a composition of only 7 pieces, each between 4 and 5m wide (corner pieces and gatehouses not included).
As a modern architect, this felt like an interesting excursion to recent neoclassicism to me. By separating the pieces, it's striking how similar the bays are to the human body: higher than wide, and even less deep, symmetrical and provided with a base, middle and top part. Just like the body, the bays look rather charming. Each piece becomes a chacacter: the bays on the outside are more majestic than the ones bordering the garden, and the bays open to the public are friendlier than the ones on the military side.
These sheets of 1mm PETG are leftovers from vacuum form jobs
Vanessa Müller tests the effect of different temperatures and nozzle sizes when printing with beeswax. During this test, the syringe is heated to 35°C and extruded as a paste through a 1mm nozzle. The skirt halfway and the rim in the top are results of missing steps on the Z-axis. The lines look nice and tidy, but they can be peeled away easily. At these temperatures they don't stick together well.
Step by step the temperature was raised. In this test, the syringe heated up to 60°C. The wax is now mostly liquid. Even when it would be totally liquid the wax tends to clump together. A thinner nozzle opening and smaller layer height might create a more consistent extrusion. The color gradient shows the temperature of the wax: white-ish when exiting the syringe, and darkening to the regular wax color when it cools to room temperature.
To stop the SK11 milling bit tool holders from rolling away, I decided to make some holders for them. I started with a 3D printed clamp-section test for fit.
This is the log about the edible 3D print experiments of Janne Claes.
New marzipan objects for Surface/Object D
Janne makes Thomas eat one of her 3D printed tests with a yellow color
Proof that edible algae 3D print is edible
This is what's inside the tube when testing a print with an alga and agar mixture
First experiments with black marzipan: