Off and on for the past while I have been working on designing and making sunglasses using lasercut acrylic. Figured it would be good to throw into this blog as it goes along with the maker movement. Basically I needed a pair of sunglasses, did not want to buy them, so I made them myself. Thinking about it this mindset is probably how I start most of my projects outside of school.
After sketching and paper models I drew up plans in Illustrator to get the pieces lasercut. I was still in Toronto at the time finishing my internship and luckily around the corner was a laser cutting office. The first plastic prototype can be seen below.
After testing a hinge idea I had utilizing plastic banding, I decided a better route would be to lasercut everything. I am currently ready to cut out the second prototype, just need plastic and hopefully some downtime in the shop.
While cooking some chicken I was thinking about prototyping. There is so much talk about 3d-printers I kind of got sick about hearing about them. Dont get me wrong they are amazing tools with great potential, but I feel a lot of people only really correlate prototyping with 3d-printers now. I wanted to look outside that box into other realms where prototyping is used. As I cooked, I realized food is a big one.
And of course when looking at food, beverages is the next thing to pop into ones mind. And beverages turns into alcohol.
Both of these are interesting to look at because cooking is something we all do, but dont necessarily consider it prototyping. You do not usually get the perfect recipe after one go though. There is of course a 3d-printer that is able to create custom pancakes.
While trying to fix my lamp at home the whole concept of light came into my head. It made me think if there was a place for light in prototyping. Light is not a physical material but rather an energy. Though you cant grab a chunk of light to make something, it does have the ability to transform an object. For example adding a pattern to a plain piece of paper. Doing a bit of research I came across an interesting video that uses light to give an object a new appearance.