I've just discovered that I can sign up to as many workshops in the fabrication centre as I want at uni so I'm doing as many as I can! On Tuesday I learned how to weld which was immensely exciting, so I can now use a MIG welder as well as the oxygen-acetylene torch with which I can braise/solder and weld. No masterpieces as yet but you can see the bits I was learning on, trying to make straight lines and solder stuff together etc.
Yesterday and today I have been learning to use Rhinoceros CAD software which enables you to design in 2D or 3D for a number of different applications. Yesterday we were getting to grips with the 2D tools by designing a piece which was to be laser cut and slotted together. I found this to be highly addictive as my drawing style is generally quite geometric and so the idea that I could make every corner and line totally perfect gave me immense pleasure in a delightfully obsessive kind of way. We laser cut our designs from 3mm MDF and below you can see me popping out all the tiny pieces with scissors, plus the finished piece. Today we learned to use the 3D modelling tools in Rhino which broke my brain a bit to start with but once I got the hang of it I was once again obsessively designing tiny little houses/space rocks. I wanted to test the accuracy of the printer and so made a very small sharp space rock and some small houses with 1mm square windows. The final resulting object wasn't printed on the finest resolution for time sake but I'm still pretty pleased with it. The tower started to melt at the top as it was the only thing being printed and so the layers didn't have enough time to cool down. I really enjoyed learning all these new skills and I'm sure they will be put to good use in my future work as they have so many applications.
Stop-motion animator and model maker with an interest in documentary film-making.