It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update here, and I feel compelled to explain myself. I’ve recently started an internship at Postgreen, a green development company currently operating out of the Kensington/ Fishtown area of Philadelphia. They’re doing one of the coolest projects in Philadelphia that I know of, and they’re definitely worth checking out if you’ve got some spare time. Click their logo below for the blog:
Aside from starting an awesome internship, I’ve also still been working with my group members from the Aquatherapy team of the FarmPhilly project to get our Grey Water Natural Filtration System installed at Mill Creek Urban Farm. The majority of the design phase took place during the Spring 09 semester, but the installation phase is an ongoing process.
Mill Creek is a wonderful organization that consists of two very hard-working individuals that put their community before anything else. We’ve been honored to have the opportunity to work with them in diverting their sink wastewater into a system that filters it so that it may be re-used to water crops with. Everything is going smoothly and installation is projected to be completed mid summer.
TED talk videos are absolutely amazing, and lately I can’t stop watching them. This one I saw today particularly inspired me and compelled me to display it on my journal. It’s refreshing to see that the way we live in the western world isn’t the only model for human and cultural life. There are tons of awesome topics that are brought up, if you’ve got the 22 minutes, it’s definitely worth a watch.
Similar to how job shops work, I had the opportunity this semester to give my professor my files and he’d run them for me and give me back the 3D printed object a week or so later. During my crit today, he gave me back my most recent design that he had printed. I wasn’t expecting it to be done yet, so I was pretty pumped when he showed me. It turned out a little bigger than I calculated, since the randomness of the form allows for different lengths depending on how the bracelet falls.
The rapid prototype process prints the objects out with supports. The bracelet was designed to fit into an area that is smaller than 2″ x 2″ x 2″. Once the supports are removed the bracelet can be expanded and take form.
I want to look into if the already cured resin supports can somehow be recycled and used again, but it seems unlikely. Maybe I can find another use for the leftover scraps.
I still haven’t sanded and finished it, but just wanted to share some process shots along the way.