Desktop Prototyping

Desktop Prototyping

Bench Test

Students: Greg Jones (UG)

Year: 2003

Machines: Laser Cutter & ZCorp 3D Printer

Materials: Acrylic & Plaster

This project demonstrates new design possibilities for evaluation in the schematic phase of design through the use rapid prototyping as a tool of representation verses 2D drawing. These program shapes are created from CAD files using a three-dimensional printing and laser cutting CAM tools. This way of working is in response to two dimensional plan representation and evaluation (Mitchell 1976). This research combines the best of the visual aspects of plan representation and the formal representation of solid block modeling. The models in this paper demonstrate the building’s physical scale of spaces, building use and overall form. Resulting models will demonstrate a new way of designing in CAD one that combined physical and visual ways or representation.