A two-day work shop on digital fabrication, we learnt how to use the sketch modelling 3D software Rhinoceros 5.0. In the past I have attempted to use numerous software’s based on CAD CAM sketching but none come close to how accessible and easy Rhinoceros 5.0 is.
The first day we spent sitting behind a computer (my idea of hell), but I really did enjoy. We went through every step and process on how to use the software and then left alone to start designing our own plans.
Because it was my first time using Rhinoceros I wanted to keep things simple, so I decided to create simple shapes, playing around pairing them together to understand different functions on the software.
We went through a ‘revolve’ function. This allowed us to form shapes such as bowls, bottles anything symmetrical. In a way it was rather like using a lathe because I only needed to change one surface of the design to allow it to revolve three dimensionally around the object.
The second day we got introduced to the laser workshop, by laser cutting our sketches it allowed me to turn my 2D shape into a 3D model. By using Rhinoceros 5.0 my drawings were able to access 123D Make, a different CADCAM software that allowed me to layer the object as surfaces which gave me the potential to either laser cut slots, layers basically turning a 2D sketch off a computer screen into an actual 3D object once cut.
Although I’ve done laser cutting before, I’ve usually disliked due to the software’s used in the past. I feel much more confident using Rhinoceros 5.0 and I guess it allows me to be much more adventures with future project due to it letting me model and make successfully.