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Modular Sculpture

The idea behind this project was to make a modular sculpture composed of different 2D elements that could be fit together to make a 3D structure.

I based my components off of a small sketch I made that had a combination of organic and rigid forms.


The components I made with the lasercutter were a bit loose initially, and it therefore turned out to be difficult to use them to build something. Building horizontally was easy, but building vertically required a lot more effort and care. Below you can see some of my first attempts at building structures with the different parts.


Taking this issue into account I ended up creating a second set of shapes where I adjusted the tolerance of the components so that they would fit together better. This gives the builder more freedom, as it allows for the making of complexer sculptures without them falling apart.


Lastly, I also tested one of my shapes on a 3D printer, although I do think wood has a more satisfying texture for these kinds of building blocks.


I really enjoyed experimenting with these shapes and how they fit together, but I also feel that there is a lot of room for improvement still. I think it would be fun to eventually make a more complete and coherent set of elements.




Date: January 2021

Last updated: January 2021