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Project 3

Project 3 was to work in a group and 3D print an object that pieced together and interlocked in some way. I worked with Seth, and Jack. Our idea was to create a skyscraper. We split the tower into three equal cubes and each of us got creative freedom regarding what we wanted to do with our own cubes. We agreed that we would interlock them byScreen Shot 2015-12-22 at 9.59.00 PM printing a pole and skewering each of our pieces through the center from top to bottom. The bottom of one cube would have small square extrusions while the top of another cube would have matching square inlets that would receive the extrusions. This would prevent cubes from spinning and non aligning with others.

We thought we had planned well enough for our cubes to be the same dimensions as well as holes, extrusions, inlets, etc. And in fact, we had. They were all the same size. Hooray!

But they were all roughly 1/6th the scale we wanted. Something had occurred between us making half our components in Maya, the other in 123D Design, and porting it all into the Form Labs printing software. While we agreed on dimensions we should of also agreed on a set of tools to use. In addition similar tools at that.

The execution of our idea is where we struggled. With the small scale came also printing inaccuracies, support issues, bent bases, and worst of all our interlocking mechanisms (the extrusions and inlets) were so small and the quality so bad that they didn’t work at all. Other project teams also struggled with the small size of their connections. Not many people want to wait 5 + hours as their print finishes so they go small instead of going big and end up suffering. The Formlabs printer scheduled time slots was divided up into 3 hour blocks as well so we had limitations as to how long we could spend printing.

I enjoyed the 3D modeling aspect of the project, though I wish I could of spent more time doing it. Due to a busy schedule as well as trying to get the printing done as earlier as possible to avoid conflicts I couldn’t commit as much time to modeling. I am curious as to if I will be able to incorporate 3D modeling or laser cutting in my final project. I really don’t need to use either, but incorporating an aspect of that would add to the ‘home-brew’ feeling of things. The more I can personally craft of my final project, as opposed to purchasing kits and preassembled parts, the better i’d feel.

I’ve now had a chance to experience the 3D printing process, as well as laser cutting process. Where I can I would rather utilize laser cutting. I have found it to be faster, and thus less damaging if errors occur. If I cut a sheet of wood the wrong size I can throw in another and press play. There is no 3 hour waiting period to first see it if would come out alright. It is also cheaper ‘time wise’, meaning its less of a time investment. Time is money! While 3D printing does have many advantages, I believe for now laser cutting best fits my needs.

Project 2

Project 2, while it may be over for me, my process will continue.

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Project 2 gave me an opportunity to create a dedication to my late uncle David. He was a wood sculptor, he would carve grand tiki-totems. Utilizing the laser cutter allows me to engrave wood with depictions of some of his carvings. I chose specifically to engrave a photo of a family of tigers standing tall next to each other. I learned better how to use Illustrator through applying different image trace filters to the actual photograph of the tigers to then break them up into basic colors and shapes. I did not want the engraving to be as detailed as the photo, nor did I want to capture the photo. I wanted to depict the tiger’s shapes, specifically the strokes and arches my uncle had carved himself. I also learned how to mask which is a very important and powerful tool to take advantage of. I chose to break the tigers into 3 different shades of the grey scale. White, black, and grey. The laser cutter interpreted these different levels of the grey scale to be 3 different depths of engraving. The issue though with how my piece came out was that the grey and black were not that different. Even though they seemed far apart and that the contrasted enough, according to the computer it was much closer to black thaScreen Shot 2015-12-22 at 9.56.29 PMn white. Because of this any portion of my image traced and masked tigers that was black and grey almost ended up blurring together. For example, the tiger’s stripes do not very much contrast with the tiger’s regular fur.


Going back to what I said before, my process hasn’t ended yet. I want this dedication to eventually be a gift to my father when I go to see him in Toronto in December, and I want it to be a lot bigger. 18x24in would be a size I am happy with. I would like the wood to be about 1 inch thick, have rounded edges and corners on the front side, and be stained a mahogany color.


I will have to be very careful with certain parts of my project. One of many is how I draw contrast between the three tigers. If I choose to overlay them again, then I will have to make sure that some of them have some sort of outline or border to draw them in front of/behind one another. Otherwise they would merge together into a blob. Secondly, I may not be able to rely on the black-grey-white method of engraving. The difference in depth from white to black is only maybe 4 millimeters, and that is hardly taking advantage of the 1 inch thick piece of wood I hope to be working with.


The importance of project 2 was not in the piece I produced but the door it opened for me into new creative applications I am capable of taking advantage of to produce meaningful results in my personal life.


There Are Things Up There

Project 3 Prototype

This NMD 200 project encompasses the project I have probably put the most work into since being a New Media student. It required a lot of research, help, and determination.

During NMD 200 I learned a lot of prototyping skills, though I wanted to use them in conjunction with something else. Since prototyping is a piece of a project, I thought it would be weird if I did a project that was on and only on prototyping.

I decided to try and replicate a feeling of bewilderment that I would sometimes get staring up at a star or plane hurtling through the sky. That just for a second I would understand the magnitude of what I was viewing. I attempted to take this feeling, and replicate it not only within myself but others, but with satellites.

I designed a small mobile box with a Raspberry Pi that would hook up into the wifi and pull data on satellites including their position and velocity and display them on shuffle on a screen.

To replicate the feeling I was going for I first made the information on satellites accessible to those viewing. Then I tried to personify the satellites with a poem on the front, (I personify them automatically in my head but I thought It may be a way to get others to do it who wouldn’t normally.) Lastly I was going to try and get the user to interact with the satellites in some way, whether or not that was just going to be by navigating between satellites with some buttons or something else, I am not sure. I never got that far, sadly because of time constraints. I would rather it be because I tried and failed than ran out of time, sorta lack luster.

Regardless i am really glad on how this project to its form and what I was able to accomplish. I believe it encompasses everything I have learned so far as a NMD student, everything from learning Adobe Illustrator to User Experience.

Project 3


NMD 442
Professor: Gene Felice
Jack Rideout, Dylan Landry, Seth Christman
Fall 2015


This project introduced me to 3D printing, as well as how to work better as a team. Why it introduced me to 3D printing is obvious, the project was to 3D print something, but what is more interesting is why it got me to better work as being part of a greater whole. As a team we did not have to make each our own individual structure, but instead build something that would interconnect between our pieces. This way, we did not need to just make sure our individual designs were up to par, but that they actually worked together as well. Communication was absolutely key, and following through with each process making sure our designs still connected was definitely a challenge.

As a team we decided to make a skyscraper out of three parts. They would stack on each other just utilizing gravity and a few interlocking mechanisms that prevented them from twisting out of place. This way, with how the skyscraper was divided, we were each allowed our own creativity to express ourselves as long as our bases and tops still interacted with each other properly. I thought it was a pretty smart way of doing things but we did not expect our project to all most fall apart when we began importing it into the 3D printing software. It turns out our measurements for our 3D models got somehow mixed up, and our skyscraped printed less than 1 cm wide. It was very very small, so many of our interlocking mechanisms no longer worked because they were so small the print quality couldn’t model them properly.

Though, all in all, we got out of the project what we were supposed to and learned a lot of valuable things. Even though small, at least the tower still printed.



Project 1

The Assignment: Take two pictures of your ‘object’ for each of the listed categories with your project team helping you along the way with lighting, assembling the backdrop, etc.

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I already knew how to take each of the photos. Macro, depth of field, indoor lighting, outdoor, then some sort of photo including a planned backdrop. I already know how to use a camera at an intermediate level. Though my Nikon still has a whole lot of functionality I haven’t yet dabbled with. I enjoyed taking the pictures, though they weren’t necessarily of subject matter I’d usually capture. My object was my bike, and without some sort of rig or planning for movement shots I can only make it so exciting with still photography. I suppose thats part due to poor planning on my part.

I think the project is good for incoming students who do not yet know how to use a camera, though I do not believe it justifies the requirement of meeting with your group to Backdrop 2shoot. What I believe the purpose of the project to be, learning to use a camera, warrants personal work. If someone wants to meet with another, whether it to be as a subject or a helper, that option is there.

Some problems I ran into regarding the requirement of meeting with group members is time. Many of us were very busy already, and finding a time to meet was difficult. On top of that when members do mBackdropeet time is of the essence. Taking your time is not a very practical thing at that point.

On Sunday I met with someone outside of my group to do some filming. I had missed our previous meeting time and only had that early afternoon to do it. I needed someone to hold Indoor Lighting 2the camera, hence Theodore joining me. I had requested to rent out a tripod from the IMRC though
no one had gotten back to me. I could of and would have shot the whole thing by myself originally. While Ted helped a lot, the unavoidable shakiness really took away from the quality of my shots.

While I do think the project is good for students to take different types of photography to learn how a camera works, I do not believe doing this in a group setting should be a requirement. The amount of effort and time I wish to put into each of my shots does not mold well with trying to meeting with a group of students who have just as variable schedules and busy lives as I. When we do meet, it could be more of an impediment than benefit.

Heres a link to the video I shot: