The Moon Chair

October 21 2009

The Moon Chair - Finished

This was a project for 4.510: Materializing Design by Prof. Larry Sass. I was asked to design a chair and run through the rapid prototyping process. The size was limited to one plywood sheet (8’x4’). My chair was part of a sphere, so it can rock/spin in any direction.

I was quite annoyed by the fact that our CNC cutter in the woodshop cannot perform 3D contouring (due to budget cut on software… errr). But I had a lot of fun playing with wood joints. The spine was cut into four segments so the plywood sheet could be used more efficiently. This main joint (#1x3) cost us more than 5 hours to put together. It was very strong. Slightly improved, I believe it can be used in larger scale wood structures.

The Moon Chair - Joints

The plywood sheet we had could be the worst material anyone would expect. It was brittle and cracked under CNC bits. I did realize that my design was not the best for this material in terms of reliability; luckily it worked out in the end (even for Larry) and looked pretty good.

The Moon Chair - Detail Me in the Moon Chair

I look forward to an opportunity sometime that I can combine 3d cutting, bending and all other possibilities in wood works. It can be really amazing.

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