Karen Kuchel – Midterm concept





This is an initial sketch I drew for my midterm. The idea I have is to create some kind of spherical light shade that uses irregular perforations which would be difficult to make by traditional fabrication methods, but are much more feasible with 3D printing.

I’d like to make it so that the angle of the perforations is intentionally sloping to direct light, but narrow enough so that the light source isn’t visible.

I’ve started experimenting with perforations by cutting parallel hyperbolic paraboloid planes through a sphere. I’m not sure these are quite the right size or even the right shape to be working with. I would like more perforations and smaller, so it might be that I need smaller planes which are arrayed in three dimensions.

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Madhav Tankha- Midterm



My first 3D print must naturally be either a killer robot or my own head. (Because, narcissism).  I started out with a sphere and started sculpting but found that I quickly mess(h)ed things up. (hehe). So decided to take a simpler approach, inspired by stuff like the Clone Wars series – which incidentally I think was done in Maya as well. Having trouble with how to create hair but will work on that in the coming week, will also create a stand. Finally, during spring break will also model killer robot.

Midterm Project

For my project, I am interested in modeling some prototypes that correlate with my Major Studio work. I am creating a series of prosthetics that are meant to function in aquatic environments. The one I began trying to model in maya is a nose prosthetic that is inspired by the star nosed mole. It’s purpose would be to allow one to smell underwater. I am interested in exploring the best way to prototype these objects so I will be experimenting with both 3D printing and model making with clay. Later in the semester I hope to incorporate biomaterials.

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After not being able to control the model as much as I would have liked to create this object – I ended up modeling it in clay instead. I might make a mold out of it and make a silicone model of it next.

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As for 3D printing, I started on another piece that is part of my studio work that is wearable object (in this case- shoulder pads) that is modeled after a coral reef. This was much easier for me for some reason, however, I’m not sure at this point if it will print properly or not. (The head is just a reference- the wearable piece is just the shoulder pads.)

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Imprints // Bed

For my midterm I’d like to create a scene of a bed with pillows and blankets and structure the items to have a texture to them that almost resembles weaving.  I’ve been experimenting with having each object connect with only some faces but I’d really like the objects to resemble a textile.

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I guess I was kind of inspired by Chinese mythology – the deity Nezha, who is reborn from lotus parts in particular, and therefore thought of making a shrine or super machine godhead. Also the super-technology/automata imagery from Cloud Atlas.


I didn’t have too much technical difficulty in constructing this; it was mostly just polygon-modeling with a lot of rotating and extruding, a lot of smoothing… It’s probably not going to end up being anything like my final midterm project but I think it looks pretty cool.

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Assignment [3/5/14-3/12/14] – Begin Midterm

Howdy everyone. Great job in class today! I was happy to see how engaged everybody was. You guys have all made a lot of progress really fast; Maya is strange beast with many deterring interface quarks. Keep it up!

This week’s HW = Start your midterm project!

HW specifics:

  • Start working on your midterm. You can continue the model that you’ve been working on, but I encourage all of you to start from scratch even if you want to model the same thing; it’s always better the second time! For your midterm, you will be asked to bring in a 3D-printed version of your model in 2 WEEKS! Next week I will introduce everyone to importing your models into Slicer and Makerware. Then you will have one more week to iterate on your model and get it printed at the ARC (or via a printer outside of the school network). You should come in next week with extensive progress on your midterm model and plenty of questions to ask me. In addition to the Slicer/Makerware lecture, we’ll have an in-class work session where I’ll be working with each of you individually.

  • Please email me your Maya .mb file for your “midterm in progress” before the start of class on Wednesday, and submit a post to the blog about your project idea with 3-5 sentences describing your vision and intentions for the project and a few screenshots of what you have so far.

  • Finish whatever Lynda tutorials you haven’t already from Maya Essentials 1, 2, and 3.  Links are in the Google Docs below.

Here are the relevant Google Doc links:
– Class 4 – 3D Modeling w/ Maya (Part I):
– Class 5 – 3D Modeling w/ Maya (Part I):

And finally, a sweet 3D Print GIF!!!