Introduction: Design & Fabricate a 3-dimensional Surface Pattern Design in Corian

Using a 2-dimensional surface pattern design--as borrowed, and then variably augmented, from a Python open source script--component populate the pattern into a gridded geometric scaffold over any number of surfaces before exporting the wires, or lines, from your CAD program to a CNC program for setting up tool paths, where variable depths, along the length of the line/s, can be introduced. Try testing your CNC Milled output in a buttery, easy-to-mill--and inexpensive--material, like foam or MDF, before committing to Corian. You can play with the scale & orientation of the pattern, its depth/s, and can add additional detail, should you like. We added what we've called "Sepals," to our Tussock pattern, as a geometric transition between the center button area, or Ovule, and the clustered blades, or Petal formations. Each time a change or update is made to your pattern, re-component populate the pattern back into the grid system over the surfaces, before, again, exporting anew to a CNC program for Milling. Depending on how much scalar variation there is with your grid system, the patten will read as highly differentiated.

Please see additional, detailed information on the images & plates, and enjoy your 3d upholstery patterning.

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BrianN5 (author)2015-03-11

The limits with autodesk maya are endless. Another great example of what can be done with the right software and the right know how. Now only If I could acquire a cnc mill.

This would make a great student project, designing facade panels(or seat panels) using advanced modeling techniques. Where instead of pretty pictures in the end the students would get physical results.

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wivancampen (author)2015-02-25

It’s interesting because in my opinion the pattern doesn’t try to mimic upholstery exactly, but in a more abstract sense conveys its attributes amazingly well.

I can’t wait to try it!

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lani.bee.505 (author)2015-02-24

What a fantastic application, I wonder if it would be more conducive to put the patterning on the backside if it is to be back lit so as to maintain the integrity of the surface on the exposed side..... I could see this as an ideal surface for walls too!

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maia.small.5 (author)2015-02-22

Think of the awesome possibilities!

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EmmanuelleB1 (author)2015-02-21

Terrific potential for variation with this method. Beautiful result on this project, love the depth achieved with Corian which is typically so flat. Looking forward to more from you on Instructables!

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RonH4 (author)2015-02-21

Subtlety is elusive in much current design ... but this work achieves a spatial impact that is also rewarded upon closer scrutiny with nuance and texture. It is difficult to achieve. Super !

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AndreasF2 (author)2015-02-20

great to see how beauty creates quality. now with all those wonderful tools in arm's reach there is no more excuse to miss beauty.

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design2012 (author)2015-02-20

Great application. I wonder how well it would translate to CNC wood milling.

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davep5 (author)2015-02-20

elegant, beautiful

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soren.ryherd (author)2015-02-20

So lucky to actually have this in our office! What isn't mentioned is that the Corian is semi-translucent and can be back-lit to highlight the pattern.

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JessicaV2 (author)2015-02-20

Great design! The detail is amazing!

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vic.torhugo.75 (author)2015-02-20

Very cool application, I'll try on my CNC mill

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amberrayh (author)2015-02-20

This is pretty neat. Thanks for sharing! I hope we see more from you on Instructables!

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