Starts Monday 17th of July 2017
@ Innovation Campus
@ Innovation Campus
Join us as we explore, design, prototype, build, assemble and re-iterate on the manufacture of a chair. We are working with a constraint: the chair must be manufactured with a CNC milling machine, and built using ply wood.
The intent of this workshop is to explore the boundary between design and technique, and to discover if there is a particular style of chair that is suited to a particular style of manufacture.
Each student will design, model and build a scale model version of their chair (using our small-scale CNC). Students may then go on to commission full-scale manufacture with local milling workshops in the Illawarra.
Examples of Joints: https://au.pinterest.com/edeleflie/cnc-milled-joints/
Week 1: Concept, research and initial ideas
– Present the concept
– Look at precedence (other people who have done this)
– Research on possible joint types (see Pinterest board) … do a group board?
– First sketches
Week 2: CNC demo cut / Fusion 360 basics
– Do a demo cut out of MDF or whatever material … just one joint.
– Fusion 360 basics:
– extruding 2D shape into sheet of ply
– how to parametrise a joint design
Week 3: Basic Designing
– Work on design in sketch form / Fusion 360
– Each person to share a famous chair design and discuss how it might be translated to CNC
Week 4: Sample detail
– Prepare a sample detail to be tested on CNC machine
– Detail will be cut next week
Week 5: CAD CAM
– How to place parts on CAM layout
– Calculating paths
– How to create a GCode file
– Cut on CNC (need to sort out the order of students use of CNC machine)
Week 6: Continue Full design
– All students to complete full design to be cut next week.
Week 7: Full prototype
– Full prototype cut out
Week 8: Translation to 12mm ply
– Each prototype to be translated to 12mm ply (adjustment to parametrised joints)
– Contact with commercial CNC supplier (Joe’s DIY?)
Week 9: Revise design … material efficiency
Week 10: Revise Design … CAD CAM efficiency
This project is based on the notion that a piece of furniture is inseparable from the techniques used to manufacture it. Indeed, design involves expressing those techniques. Proper references coming soon.