10/27: waterjet cutter, nc mill, router:
make something big
This week I learned to work with metal (aluminum). I experimented with making aluminum more maleable through geometric perforations, and finally made a hanging shelf with curved aluminum pieces.
Here is a Solidworks sketch of my initial idea, where the aluminum and wood frames would be a wavy texture:
Aluminum exploration one:
Aluminum exploration two (hexagonal lines improved the maleability of the aluminum) - this same patern made cardboard into fabric:
The final result of my learning to work with aluminum:
Photo of the Omax waterjet (all aluminum was cut on the Omax):