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Introduction: This is about what it takes to get things done. Every project has a life cycle and the hardest of all the stages is the materialization – the manifestation of the physical project. This is the true challenge and test of a makers worth. Working on the realization of great ideas requires tools and manpower. In this instance both were equal to the task of realizing Elena and Ivan Mitrofanova’s project “Green Spark” Tools:

Power tools

Neeraj and bek “on the grind ))”

Class: Technology, CNC Milling
Software: SketchUp, 3dsmax, ArtCAM, Match3
Material: Plywood 10*10*1 sm
Challenges: Create a tile with your own drawing using cnc machine


  The idea was to create a panel of Soviet hruschovka with its typical inhabitants.


In the beginning, the base unit with clear dimensions in the sketchpUp was designed, exported to 3dsMax, where entourage and staffing – curtains, grandfather, cat and flower were added. Later, the model was exported to stl.

model from scetchUp

finished model


To create a tile it was necessary to prepare a path for bits in the CNC machine. The path consists of two parts: draft and finish. Rough removes large masses, has a big step, but it works roughly. Pure has a smaller step on all axes, but takes much more time. When creating a path, you need to upload a file stl, specify the thickness of the material, and also the bit for the finishing and roughing path, then in the final path, you can choose the way to create the picture in the last step: one-way, two-way, radial and ect.







Assignment Parameters:
The assignment was to construct a tower using press fit laser cut modular pieces with a dimensional 
limit of 150mm on the length. 

Modular patterns were restricted to 3 patterns or modular units.
Laser Cut plywood

Modular Units for Tower Structure

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.

Assembly of Tower

Fully Assembled Tower

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

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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