Rhino/Grasshopper Workshop

Today we had a super intense one day workshop with TU Eindhoven students and we worked with the Fashion Tech Farm. We started the day with a quick overview of the type of project we would be working on. We would be shaping something invisible like sound or heat with something visible. Some examples we were shown were shaping sound waves with the shape of a ceiling in a restaurant or using water tubes inside of a window to create heat. We then had a quick tutorial on how to use Grasshopper. Grasshopper is basically coding without using code. It is parametric software. There are a series of boxes you can plug into each other and change values. You can insert images and grasshopper can turn those images into patterns based on numbers. These patterns are used in Rhino where you can then 3d model them or export them for laser cutting or using on a sublimation printer (which prints clearly on many types of fabric). This was my first encounter with a sublimation printer and grasshopper so I apologize if my understanding of them is an over simplification. Marantha Dawkins a phd student at Carnage Melon led the workshop.

After the workshop we broke out into groups and used Grasshopper to create patterns out of our images. My group consisted of me, Celi, Lio, Wesley, and Lotte. We decided to focus on nature. We wanted to make the untouchable tangible so we took three images of clouds and put them into grasshopper.

We used a script that would layer the data from these images on top of each-other to create a sort of cloud like shape in rhino.

We then pulled out several layers from this shape and flattened them into a dfx file that could be laser cut. We laser cut this on fluffy cloud like fabric.

After that we did a second run of cutting the shapes. We ran the second group through the sublimation printer to give it the color of clouds during a sunset. We then layered the printed clouds on top of the fluffy clouds to make a mini prototype of our installation.

We also created two models of how these might look more refined and at a larger scale.

Basically we spent the day interpreting and re-interpreting the clouds in various forms. We took images of clouds and made a pattern of clouds, then a 3d modeled abstract image of clouds, then physical laser cut and sublimation printed clouds, then another 3D model of the laser cut clouds. It was an interesting way to look at something we see all the time. I think if we took this idea further it could be cool to laser cut the pieces on colored acrylic so we could also simulate the way light reflects through the clouds at varying times of day. Another possibility could be to make one larger cloud that people could walk through.

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