MAS.863 | How to Make (Almost) Anything
Testing laser power for cutting and scoring (only cutting half way through)
Epilogue laser cutter in action.
First sample, which I realized was not going to work, as I forgot a couple of dimensions and placed the punch holes 60 degrees off from where they should be.
Sorry environment, no time for cutting these all out by hand.
Success! A single fully functional side of a tetrahedron.
Top view of my assembled tetrahedron. I didn’t expect it to look so complex. I think this is how transformers would design a rose.
Not so complex looking from this angle. Can you tell how they are supposed to press fit with another?
My familiar friend, Illustrator. I decided to learn something new and use symbols to replication shapes and have them update instantly. This is about as parametric as Illustrator gets.
If it didn’t crash 3 times in the process and layer the GUI elements on top of each other, this would be the best tool for the job, I could make all of the relationships I had drawn on paper.
I wanted to use the cloned objects here, but I realized that what I really wanted was to share a variable for a single side, rather than the whole object being cloned.
Using different colors to control the laser power.
For me, this was the best application for specific measurements and precise alignment.
5 tetrahedrons forming a very solid structure.
3 of the 5 platonic solids. 4 faces, 8 face, 20 faces. All can connect to each other since they all have the same trox interface.
To make a dodecahedron, I used 5 troxes to create pentagon sides, then put together 12 of those to create this 60 sided polyhedron.
A tetrahedral chain
Icosahedron perched atop a tetrahedron.
A little model for Thanksgiving :)
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