Mary Lim

Thursday, May 12, 2016

dfab: lab3 and project 3

Laser cut parts:

dfab: lab2

CNC Router:
Blue sheets

CNC Cut parts

dfab: lab1

View succulent below:


Fixed up in Meshmixer:



dfab: remarkable thing #10

I can't stress enough how practical this class is for me and for any art student. This class scored me an internship with Populous, and now I'm going to work there full-time! It was a really helpful class to learn how to use programs like Cura, Meshmixer, Rhino, and others. I now know the basics of how to use a 3D printer, CNC router, and laser printer. In terms of instruction, a more interactive session would be beneficial, as opposed to watching the instructor go through the programs on their own. The class website could use some clarity in terms of how things are categorized (like Instructions, Announcements, Documents....). I think it needs clearer labels. For including conceptual thinking into our projects, I think it is necessary but not the priority. I think incorporating a concept is taking one step further and utilizing our knowledge of the program to make something of our own. As we are learning new programs, it is difficult to make clearly intentional work because we do not know the ins and outs of the program yet. Overall, I am really glad I took this class.

dfab: remarkable thing #9

This class made me realize that anything you envision in your mind can be fabricated. Of course, there are limitations and it is not as easy as one may think. Coming into the class, I thought 3D printing would be as easy as pushing a button, however that is clearly not the case. TinkerCAD proved the most useful to me because it could print out unique parts for my gears for my degree project, and it was extremely simple to use. I'm eager to learn more about laser cutting, as it quickly outputs desired imagery. Below you can find some TinkerCAD sketches of 3D letters of the whole alphabet. I saved out each letter in Illustrator as svgs, and then uploaded them into TinkerCAD.

dfab: remarkable thing #8

Though dominated by hobbyists and small groups of people who make trinkets at home,  the realm of 3D printing has also greatly influenced the manufacturing world and the health world. One example is dentures. Dentists have relied on "investment casting" which is inaccurate and time-consuming. However, in Miskin, 3D printers are used to print out dental crowns and bridges from pictures of people's teeth. I was surprised by the unexpectedness of the usefulness of 3D printing; not only can it print out unique, individual parts, but also it can improve an industry and health field.

Read more here:

dfab: remarkable thing #7

I decided to test out ProjectShapeshifter. As a customizable app, I would rate its ease of use as a 5. Very user-friendly and intuitive. The flexible parts are on the right side, and your artboard in the middle. The problems I see in this app are its constraints. There are clear limitations a user can see when first using the app. For the most part, most of the shapes you can make are only geometric. Organic forms are not possible. I give it a 4 for customization. Still, the user can change the number of faces and create complex geometry.

Monday, May 02, 2016

final degree

here are the finals:

final booklets:

Friday, April 29, 2016

week 14: the end

View first draft of presentation here:

This week I've been finalizing the designs and printing out and reprinting out 3D parts. It's been a pain to wait for these things to all finish, but it's getting there.

I've also been working on these booklets for Emmy:

And have been figuring out what to apply to each of the machines, and have been spray painting them.

Friday, April 22, 2016

week 13: last stretch

APRIL 18–22

It's a week before the final, and I'm scrambling a bit...
But I've solidified the AT machine and the ON machine, but the IN machine needs some work. It's getting there!

You can see the intense planning this requires below...

Prototype I made in my digital fabrication class...that failed. Oh well! Still good experience.

Next I have to spray paint the edges and work on the machine booklets, where you can see some drafts below:

Friday, April 15, 2016

week 12

APRIL 11–15

Above of a video draft of what I may do to show process. You can see the 3D prints as well as some of the parts for AT and ON. All the pieces are cut on the CNC, except for some pieces for the IN machine for 3d parts.

Friday, April 08, 2016

week 11


This week has been mostly CNC routing and 3D Printing parts for the machines. It's been tough trying to schedule times to use it, because of my internship at Populous. Things are getting a bit crazier in terms of time and having to finish things before 5pm. Anyhow, I have all the AT prints cut out and planned out:

I've just started is printing stuff for the ON machine!

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

dfab: remarkable thing #6

Laser cutting is good for high-detail work that requires precision and perfection. If someone needed to cut out something that required a professional look with good craft, he/she should consider using a laser cutter. The "low-hanging fruits" of this tool are creating ornate, overlapping geometric shapes resembling Islamic architecture. References to nature are common: trees, birds, butterflies, silhouettes, landscapes, etc. On the other hand, cutting out gears and machinery are also common, for the sake of convenience. Outliers I saw during my research include cutting out continuous shapes that do not break on a sheet.