Drawings : Thomas Lanham
MICROHYBRID_005 | The original projection for the fifth Microhybrid was to create a Cantilever or the effect thereof. This condition gestured an exploration in trajectories that maintain structural integrity, as well as allow the cube to be completely disassociated from a ground plane. The fifth Microhybrid cube resulted in the 3D-printed object becoming double the size of the cube in order to accommodate the cube’s weight. The object became the main cantilever meaning our formal production took precautions of balance, referring to the test done with the fourth Microhybrid. The cube became a cantilever but more importantly, introduced the consideration of dead loads as a parametric condition that results in the size and complexity of the object the cube attaches to. Much like the last Microhybrid piece, a screen is used to bring levity to the massiveness of the print. Unlike, the last Microhybrid, the screen was used more strategically, testing the material strength against more extreme instance of the parametric condition. This was done by allowing the screen to hold a volume at its end, with no structural support from the solid portion of the print. One of the largest consequences of the piece came towards the end of the process when orienting the 3D print on the bed. We needed to reduce stress on the screen, as well as reduce the amount of support material. This is tricky in that there are multiple screens at different angles needing to orient a certain way so the pipes in the screen have minimal amounts of layers. These layers not only need to be minimal, but should intersect the connected volume in a way that increases the contours area for stronger bonding. In order to keep the project moving quickly, orientation is decided based on structure first and then price. In this instance, a balance between the cost and structural integrity was struck, and resulted in a successful Microhybrid.
© Thomas Lanham, Greg Luhan, Ebrahim Poustinchi, Irvin Shaifa
Lanham, T., Shaifa, I., Poustinchi, M. E., & Luhan, G. (2017). Craft & Digital Consequences | Micro-Hybrid Explorations at (Full) Scale. In Fioravanti, A., Cursi, S., Elahmar, S., Gargar, S., Loffreda, G., Novembri, G., & Trento, A. (Eds.). ShoCK: Sharing Computable Knowledge – Material Studies Methodologies. The 35th Annual eCAADe International Conference Proceedings, Volume 2, 327-336.