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Picture of Satellites: Algorithmic Light Sculptures

Intro:

Satellites was designed as physically executable procedure for making light sculptures that manifests differently every time it is made.

The final result is system for making intended to empower the end user as an active and necessary participant in the design process rather than a passive consumer.

Each satellite contains two different kinds of algorithmically-generated 3D-printed joints, each made by spinning hollow cylinders around a point. The cylinders are rotated according to lunar positioning data at the time of 3D printing. The mobiles are then manually-assembled.

Here are the instructions for making your own personal Satellite.

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials

3D Modeling Program (I used Rhino)

3D printing resource (I used my Makerbot Replicator 2x)

Adobe Illustrator (or other vector editing software)

Printer

Scissors

Scotch Tape

6 Sided Dice

.03” Clear Acrylic Sheets

http://www.amazon.com/Bulbrite-100A21HM-Half-Chro...

6/32, ¼” Button Cap Screws

http://www.amazon.com/Bulbrite-100A21HM-Half-Chro...

Two-Way Mirror Window Tinting Film

http://www.amazon.com/Bulbrite-100A21HM-Half-Chro...

Spray Bottle

Window Tinting Squeegee

New Utility Blade or Exacto knife

Straight Edge

Drill

¼” Drill Bit

Hex Wrench

Lamp Wire & Socket

Dimmer

½ Chrome Light Bulb

http://www.amazon.com/Bulbrite-100A21HM-Half-Chrom...

3, 48” x ⅜” Wooden Dowels

 

Love how delicate they are. :D