3D Printed Cufflinks
For my wedding, I thought it would be fun to 3D print cufflinks of my home state, Minnesota, for my tuxedo. They came out great so I decided to make an Etsy store to sell them in all the state variations in a few different materials. They are modeled in Rhino and printed by Shapeways. Material options include stainless steel, polished nickel steel, rhodium plated, rose gold plated, gold plated and premium silver.
Parametric Pavillion for Presenting Potatoes
Designing with parametric modeling forces one to consider explicit formal relationships between objects. One must also become accustomed to the assembled design reacting in unexpected ways to the inputs and parameters.
Below is a precast concrete hut for displaying tubers (potatoes). The various possible genetic outcomes of the roots inspired the use of random numbers in the model. An algorithm was developed to control the range of the randomness. Exponents were used in the equation to influence whether the numbers are evenly distributed or gravitate towards one of the extrema (all while maintaining the full range.) For example, this could cause a canopy with predominantly wide openings to still have a few unexpected closings.
Variable Aperture Casino Portholes
A site in Sandusky, Ohio was chosen for this project. The program called for a 50,000 sqft performance space, a 35,000 sqft ferry terminal and a 130,000 sqft casino.
As one ascends to the upper floors of the casino, the games move from low to high stakes. The building tempts visitors to climb to the riskier levels by offering more beautiful views through larger portholes in the walls. In addition, extensive exterior circulation wraps around the building to allow for outside observation of Sandusky, Lake Erie and the casino's ice skating rink. Multiple vertical circulation routes were positioned to allow for quick escape in case of emergency and ease of movement between floors.