MAKE_ is an exercise undertaken by our First Year students that adds value to the introduction of our Design Workshop and Studio facilities. Each student manufactures and assembles a simple, multi-part component that requires; using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to produce drawings for laser cutting parts, the use of the bandsaw and pillar drill to produce temporary parts, and cutting threads on a steel rod.

The components for this year are made from laser cut mirrored acrylic profiles clipped together and held in place by the bending forces of the material. A bespoke threaded steel rod acts as a pivot and the addition of proprietary fixings allow for installation, balancing and adjustment.

Originally designed to hang vertically within a multi-story void, each component can freely pivot and attaches to wires tensioned by steel weights hanging at their base. The components and the weights react to air movement within the local environment, thus the motion of individual components affects the performance of the whole system.

Component materials:

  • 3mm mirrored acrylic
  • 5mm mild steel rod threaded to suit M5 nuts
  • 75mm M5 zinc plated bolt with M5 zinc plated coupling nut
  • M5 zinc plated flange nuts
  • Rubber washers

Leave a Reply