Assorted renders from my FA'16 'Designing with Rhino' class. All of these designs are modeled in Rhino and rendered using Brazil. I have tried to make the most of the surface modeling capabilities (NURBS modeling) that Rhino offers to play with forms and use CAD as a way of designing in 3D space. I have experimented significantly with lighting, environments, color mapping and texture mapping.
A nifty input device for your cursor that fits onto your index finger
Tipsy Whiskey Glass
'Tipsy' is a contemporary spin (no pun intended) on the standard whiskey glass that makes it hard to take your eyes off your drink. It can only rest at a seemingly precarious angle, and it engages its user to try and tip it and watch it wobble.
'Tipsy' was born from a simple yet striking mental image of having a solid steel base and an acrylic body merge seamlessly into a minimal, bottom heavy whiskey glass that can only rest at an angle.
The glass seeks to engage users both older and young to hold it in their hand, experience its unusual weight dynamic and watch the whiskey aerate itself as the glass mesmerizingly wobbles in circles.
The FLUME headphones were part of a 1-week Rhino project to design a pair of headphones for a musical group or artist. I picked FLUME because I am really fond of their music and I think their brand image compliments their style of music. I took inspiration from their bright pinks and neon greens and incorporated those into the headphones. Also, the shape of the earcups is inspired from their iconic DJ setup.
Modern furniture seems to segregate high end and finely crafted furniture from practical, RTA, flat-pack type of furniture. It gives the notion that the only purpose of the latter is to cut on manufacturing and shipping costs, when in reality it adds a lot of convenience to the user.
‘Buckle’ seeks to translate that sense of convenience without losing touch with the best materials, finish and craft.
Competitor Study: For this assignment, we were made to study the brand DNA of a furniture competitor of our choice and find a market gap within their targeted customers. I identified that Studio Dunn specialized in high end wood furniture, only recently branching out into using metal as a material.
DIMENSIONS: 17" x 17" x 19"
The beauty of 'Buckle' lies in the fact that it requires only 5 parts to assemble. There is no need for tools or hardware
For this project I took inspiration from 'rustic' bar and home furniture with a sense of rawness and honesty of material
The steel ring holds the 3 legs together in tension. This tension holds the assembly together while also significantly reducing the infamous vibration that occurs with bar stock
Elevated Bar Cart
The Elevated Bar Cart is a portable liqueur storage unit for the modern home. It offers functionality with its ample storage space as well as versatility with its wheels. It stands apart from traditional Victorian bar carts with its 36" tall top surface, tall enough to be comfortably used as a platform to make drinks. It seeks to be an elegant addition to a household that loves hosting dinner parties and having guests over.
DIMENSIONS: 48" x 37" x 23"
The rectangles are to scale and mimic the profile of liqueur bottles
Finalized design - Orthographic and Isometric using Solidworks
Elevated Bar Cart at RISD ID Senior Show '17
Designed for users with a green thumb, the Vertical Planter is a wall-leaning planter made of ash wood that houses up to 4 rows of plants. It allows for storing a much larger volume of plants than pots for the same amount of floor space. The rustic aesthetic alludes to outdoor lawn fixtures for plants, thereby connecting the owner with the nature and tranquility found outdoors.
The design is inspired from leaning book shelves.
This low fidelity mock up was screwed together in one night with inexpensive wood, just to test the weight, balance and visual aesthetic of the planter. Many insights from this led to the refined final prototype
A full scale plotter print out of the side view was trimmed and then taped to one of the 5' long ash planks for reference points to drill and screw into
My late night set up during Thanksgiving Break when all shops were closed
Closer look into pencil markings and drilled holes
Screwing the structural back-slats into the legs of the planter
I used a combination square as a visual reference to keep the drill bit square to the wood. This ensured that I didn't drill at an angle and potentially drill through one of the thin shelves.
Twig: Plant Health Monitoring Probe
Twig is the product of an intensive cross-disciplinary class, "Product Design and Development" that provides the opportunity for industrial designers (RISD seniors) to collaborate with MIT engineers and business students.
Our motivated team created Twig as a discreet solution for plant owners to learn to take care of their plants by sending notifications when the plant needs water or more sunlight.
"Silly Ducky" Bath Toy
The prompt of the assignment was to study a product redesign it using Solidworks. The product I received was a water squirting Bath Whale toy by Fisher-Price. I wanted my toy to be an iconic "ducky", which would also propel the bath water out of its beak.
Silly Ducky is designed to be adorable, playful, yet modern and hi-design in its aesthetic.
The 2 housings press-fit into the pegs of the white body piece
The toy got several poor reviews since it did not function well after a couple uses in bath water. I took a lot of these review into consideration when redesigning the toy. The toy got several poor reviews since it did not function well after a couple uses in bath water. I took a lot of these review into consideration when redesigning the toy.
Drone Exterior Redesign
My intent was to use polygonal modeling (T-Splines) as a tool to redesign the exterior of a drone I own (Code Black Drone) while being able to fly it just the same.
This project is an exercise in using polygonal modeling in Rhino as opposed to the conventional NURBS modeling in order to achieve organic forms that are much more controlled and can adapt to be built around the internal components to allow room for them. The exercise is a test for the seamless integration of parametric modeling or the boss features to allow for snap fit and internal components, as well as the organic exterior body that looks beautiful and extends seamlessly into the legs of the drone.
This is a work in progress and I look forward to receiving my Ultra HD 3D prints from Shapeways so that I can start assembling the drone and watch it light up through the beautiful frosted acrylic.
The boxy exterior is only to house the internals of the original drone taken apart. The main purpose of this assembly is to check if the 3D prints successfully house the internals.
Furniture Design Using Rhino
Furniture designs modeled in Rhinoceros and rendered using Brazil. I have experimented significantly with lighting, environments, color mapping and texture mapping. to get a custom look for the wood, fabric and ceramic seen on the models.
Cube Side Table
An exploration of the table saw and jig making for arriving at precise compound angles. This 18x18x18" side table has a simple form but with complex math and a complex gluing system to achieve seamless miters and ensure the secure connection at the corners.
The clamping mechanism for gluing 3-way miter is complex and cannot be achieved using clamps. This requires holes through which metal cord is strung and tightened till substantially tight. Its also challenging to get the form together since the domino's inside the miters form undercuts that are challenging to deal with during assembly, especially if not assembled in the right order.
The orange accents provided by the cord pays homage to the process responsible to get the form together.
The cube is assembled by joining an 2 assembles of 5 parts with 2 singular parts. This is done because the domino blocks form undercuts which make the assembly harder and harder to assemble if done so one part at a time.
Fun Fact: The Cube Side Table was an evolution of one of my 'form' projects for Wood 2, which did not have the table top or the orange accents. I decided to add the top to make the piece a functional part of my home and added the orange cord as recommended by my professor Charley Appleton during my critique.