Mary Lim

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.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016

sx: Le Toh

It goes where you go

dfab: very remarkable thing

Predicting the Traffic Jam

In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury uncannily anticipates advances in technology comparable to today's, even though published in 1953. In this fictional world where books are banned and the government controls all through technology, Bradbury's imagined landscape includes mechanical hounds, identification devices, high-speed transportation, small seashell earbuds, and wall-size projections. As a result, people only believe what they're told and suicide attempts to escape their meaninglessness are common.

Needless to say, Bradbury has a negative outlook on technology and blames it and its users as the potential cause of the destruction of society. Though one could argue that advances in technology increases efficiency, one central theme in the novel is that technology encourages ignorance. Bradbury equates knowledge and self-reflection with books. Spoiler alert, the book ends with Montag, the protagonist, seeing his city being destroyed by atomic bombs.

Bradbury's vision is indeed plausible. There are already traces of his imagined world in today's society, so much so that I can already see a counter-culture to technology on the rise. The desire for authenticity is trending, and the number of apps (ironically) where people can slow down and appreciate what's around them in the here and now are increasing.

Though I am not sure we will ever get to a point where mechanical hounds will hunt people down for having a book, this addiction to speed and constant stimulation could lead to a skewed perception of reality. With people being able to easily access information or invoke action with a click of a button or with a swipe of the hand, people may not question why things work or how. Discouraging curiosity and desensitizing people could lead to widespread ignorance.

While book stores like Borders and Barnes & Noble continue to go out of business, love for low-tech mechanisms and books persist. I wonder, though, how long until books are a rarity?

dfab: remarkable thing #4

"The future is already here–it's just not very evenly distributed." –William Gibson

3D scanning opens a lot of doors, but it also has its limitations. One of them is that 3D scans are only possible with stationary objects. This makes it difficult to accurately scan body parts because it's impossible to stay completely still during the scan. Smakman, a student who sought to solve this problem, created a ring of cameras using a photogrammetry scanner. Using 32 cameras, he made it so that the images were captured simultaneously. He was able to produce hand scans with a small maximum deviation of 1.5mm. This could potentially create a custom wrist brace. If things could be 3D scanned within seconds, this cuts the time as well as increases accuracy.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

sx: senior show

Preflight by mlim5036

dfab: project 2 idea

static vs. dynamic
a type of mechanized zoetrope


Monday, March 07, 2016

week 7: midterm presentation

MARCH 7–11

It's been a slow start, and I've only just begun to solidify my question. Though I value the process of narrowing down the idea, this issue of not being able to pinpoint what I want persists in my work. I blame it mostly on the immense pressure I feel when I think about my degree project, making me feel like every idea I have is inadequate. On a more positive note, I finally have something I'm excited about and can stay excited about for the whole semester. From meshing two-dimensional and three-dimensional, to children's books, to language and space, some elements from each step carried over. So it wasn't all a waste! Overall, what keeps me going is the anticipation of other people's projects. I'm excited to see what everyone will do. Some things I need to do onward is trying to make up for lost time. I am a bit behind, but with some perseverance I'll get back into place.
At this point, I've been prototyping and learning about new tools I could use for my degree project. Since I don't know much about gears and mechanisms, I'm trying to learn how to make the gears function and do what I want them to do. I also went to the Fab Lab with Haas, and we learned how to laser cut. 
I realized that there's an obvious but somewhat abstract relationship between time and space: its roundness. The world is round, therefore all space we inhabit is round. And, time is measured on a clock.
My question has been updated to:
"how can I translate letterforms into space and motion using interactive, moving mechanisms to demonstrate how language affects and forms the way we understand space?"