Laser Cutting – Pressfit
TOWER – GNM
The assignment was to construct a tower using press fit laser cut modular pieces with a dimensional limit of 150mm on the length. Materials: Modular patterns were restricted to 3 patterns or modular units.
Pre-Design - Conceptual approach: The concept was based on attainment of the maximum height without compromising the structural integrity of the tower frame. with these two parameters as the basis, it was evident that additional stability could be attained by the use of a cross-pattern of "beam" structures. Horizontal elements were left out. Iterations and Re-Design: In line with the initial concept of simplicity, there were few iterations between the initial design and the final version.
Troubleshooting: The initial design had stability issues due to the initial proposal of framing the beams using continuous interlocking. This made the initial design heavy. Whereas the interlocking pattern was maintained for the base in order to keep the structure stable, the interlocks were discarded at the subsequent upper levels, making the structure lighter and allowing for attainment of increase height. Cutting & Assembly: Cutting out of the modular units was done using a laser cutting machine. The cutting process took about 45 min. The Team Credits: Whereas the final product was a product of active team work on the part of all team members, the cutting work was conducted under the guidance of the course supervisor Ivan Mitrofanov since at the time non of the team members could conduct the cutting works independently.
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