This past week I realized that I was wasting a lot of time drawing and redrawing potential patterns for my tile/garment project so I finally chose an arrangement and went with it. The design I settled on is an offshoot of a piece I made last semester. The pattern is comprised of three parts which create a diamond shape that is reminiscent of a baby block quilt pattern. They were designed in Rhino and will be 3D printed.
The last time that I designed tiles in Rhino and 3D printed them I printed the “positive”, i.e. a replica of the actual tile I planned to create. This time I plan to print the “negative”, which will essentially be the space around the tile that acts like a mold. I will then fill the 3D printed mold with silicone rubber to create the prototype from which I will make my plaster molds. I have learned that it is impossible to make a one-part plaster mold from a flat plastic object because there is no flexibility in the plastic and it’s impossible to remove it from the plaster. The silicone is an extra step but it will provide me with a flexible prototype that I can easily remove from the mold. Silicone also has an extremely long shelf life which will allow me to easily make subsequent molds from these prototypes in the future.
Step 1: Design a 2-D tessellating pattern. This represents the patter for my garment tiles as well as the “bones” for the structure of my 3-D tiles
Step 2: Divide the pattern into multiples shapes which each represent an individual tile
Step 3: Create planar surfaces over my 2-D drawings
Rendered images of 3-D tiles arranged in what will be their final pattern
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