Minimal Chess Set Design

  • Metals II, Spring 2016, Instructor: Dean Robinson
  • Minimal Chess Set Design
  • A chess set designed to highlight the prominent features of each individual piece.
  • Prompt | Timeline: 4 Weeks
    Design and manufacture an object or series of objects primarily utilizing the metal lathe and/or Bridgeport.

    Process
    As an avid chess player, I decided to design and create pieces for a chess set. I wanted my designs to be minimal, yet still evoke classic features of typical chess sets. I chose to use cold-rolled steel due to the durability and heftiness of the material.

    I first created CAD models in SolidWorks, and used the orthographics to fabricate my pieces. I decided that my king, queen, and pawn designs would follow a similar design language. The bishop, knight, and rook designs each have a single characteristic feature that distinguishes them from the other pieces and renders the piece recognizable. The majority of fabrication was done on a metal lathe. All edges were cleaned with a file.