Industrial Design: Metals 1

  • THE ALUMINUM PROJECT
  • An object made from the research of the thickness and pliability of aluminum sheet metal. One can twirl the many aluminum elements to see each one interact with the other.
  • Explorations with the material led me to these small slivers of aluminum, which was sawed along the thickness of the sliver, and pounded down to hold a smaller piece within. This small experiment piqued my interest, and I tested it to see how it would expand.
  • The initial inspiration has been made into a large square with four of the split-end aluminum interactions. The forging had been forgone, to reduce the element of randomness. Two of the identical objects had been placed on an axis to see if there was a pattern that could emerge.
  • If the smaller squares of metal stuck in the split-ends were rounder, would the objects move around better? Moving on, I also finished the edges of the entire object overall, so there would be no rough angles to cause irritation to the hands.
  • After witnessing the aluminum washers interact with one another, I started to see them all influencing one another on the same axis. What if, there were multiple sizes of these objects, and when one was disturbed, the rest would follow? I then proceeded to scale them down and up to a presentable size.
  • When creating the objects, I considered it from a manufacturing standpoint. How can I produce the least amount of waste for the most amount of production? The split-end square and its respective washers can be created from a single square, with a pattern laid out on it. The primary tools used to cut it were the corner press, and the jeweler's saw.
  • Precision was key in producing each object. I tested the limits of the material against the corner press, until the scaling became so that it was not able to go further.
  • Thank you!~