Computer Controlled Cutting
Since my final project will be a wearable like a hat or glass, I made this acrylic head as a model to fit the wearable in and as a stand for presenting the work.
Design and make a press-fit construction kit
After trying to slice manually with Fusion 360 and Grasshopper, I found 123D Make that is able to slice a 3D model into many forms, such as stacked sliced, interlocked slices, and radial slices.
Here the power of cardboard shows up.. Cardboard has this elasticity that makes it a perfect material for press-fit design. But for acrylic, its rigidity makes it super hard to fit when more pieces are assembled. So I have to find the right slot that is not too tight neither too loose. Here shows some of the cracked pieces. The final optimized parameter I found is 100% power, 5% speed, 1000 PPI, both laser. The first round of calibration on the small Laser cutter caused a little fire on the cardboard. It was tuned by reducing the current.
The size of the model is just right for various headsets and glasses.
Let There Be Light...
Make a HoloKit
HoloKit is the currently the cheapest AR headset, as in Google's cardboard for VR. I laser cut the cardboard and insert films to build it from scratch. With Apple's ARKit, I'll make more experiment around it.
I used the vinyl cutter CAMEO at home to make some small prototypes of the hat.
GSD & Media Lab
Tattoo me on me