A ply and aluminium experiment
Timeline: 1 week
Client: Edinburgh Science Festival
Aim: We were given a working prototype and asked to convert into something that looked the part for a science show our client was designing
What we did: This project allowed us to make use of our new CNC router, our 3D printer and a range of other in-house processes - we designed the setup using aluminium extrusion and 12mm plywood and the whole thing was constructed in-house. The ply pieces fit round the extrusion with a push fit. Using these techniques, we were able to go from concept to completed product inside a week.The experiment takes a laser pointer and reflects it off the skin of a drum - the user then speaks or sings in the back to create a vibration on the drum skin and the laser beam is diverted accordingly - it produces some beautiful patterns!We mounted the laser and designed custom battery holder for easy access. The laser can be moved up and down the length of the extrusion. Finally we designed a back plate to hold the drum skin so that it could be changed easily. We also experimented with various materials to get the best results out of the kit.
Testimonial: "FifeX was able to turn our working prototype into a robust model suitable for a schools tour under a very short timeline. An important process for us was that FifeX were willing to experiment with the materials and scale of the model to produce optimal visual patterns. They also provided us with the scope to develop the model further in future activities. Thank you!"
Dr Sarah Thomas, Event Developer, Edinburgh International Science Festival
External Link to Client's Website: http://www.sciencefestival.co.uk/