Team: Lindsay Schragen + Melissa Braxton
Critic: Jeffery Taras
Completed: Spring 2014
Reflective fab was conceptualized and produced in the elective course, digital fabrication with Melissa Braxton. Throughout the semester, we learned various methods of computer aided fabrication for architectural components such as developable surfacing, sectioning, flattening, and the creation of parametric tools. These skills were then tested in 2D and 3D through a series of studies, which eventually led us to the idea for reflective fab. Our goal was to create an interesting art piece that would act as a series composed of two 18”x24” pieces and fabricated using the 3-axis CNC router and softwares including Rhino, Grasshopper, and RhinoCAM. Reflective fab is made up of 4 layers of laminated plywoods: two sheets of 1/4” baltic birch, and 2 of 1/2” europly (alternating). The finishing layer of the laminate is mirrored plexi-glass. The parametric square pattern that was milled out of the laminated materials was derived in Grasshopper. The depth of the square directly relates to its size (the bigger the square, the deeper the cut), which reveals the variety in the layers of the laminated plywoods.