Batch one Units were generated in Solidworks but proved difficult to describe explicit dimensions for the number of desired Unit variations. A new methodology is being employed to generate the base forms in Rhino, smoothed and made functional in Solidworks with integrated labels denoting the Unit name (ex. "A" "B" etc.) and arm designation ("1","2" and "3".)
This will result in a spreadsheet with arm termination coordinates in relation to the origin (0,0,0) to allow for standardization but opportunities to scale, modify arm thickness and more down the line while preserving basic reference data.
Current specifications will be for arms to both terminate in female ports with an additional male union component. In theory this should work since all pieces will wedge against each other through triangulation. This is not our ultimate goal and serves only to expedite the physical testing process. We are still exploring joint possibilities which will allow for rotation, temporary or permanent adhesion, re-positioning etc.
Components with designations A-Z will be completed with the expectation that in practice certain Units will commonly not be used, this will be documented and those units will be culled from the directory and another will take its place. In this way we can work towards having a limited catalog of units with optimal possibilities for usage.
Our current preliminary estimate on this development cycle is as follows:
Base modules and spreadsheet completed 10/13/18
Fillets, imprinted text and STL exports by 10/15
First test prints 10/15-16 at reduced scale, initial test and then release.
Upon release we will need feedback and additional testing. Components will be released individually and as groups for ease of printing. At this point we are not worrying about structural integrity or optimization.