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Ponder/Haarmann fabrication

We used Maya to generate the form massings along curves. We then imported it into Rhino to scale and contour the model for fabrication. We intended to use 1/8″ basswood for the layers, so we cut the model at .125″ intervals for a total of 28 layers. The contours were arranged in Rhino and then exported to Illustrator for the laser cutter.

p3 David Haarmann Intersect/Shape/Trim Solid

Trim Solid

Trim solid is similar to the boolean difference operation found in many modeling programs. It takes two polysurface inputs, which are called Breps in GH, and then splits one with the other. I created this operation using the Trim Solid button and combined it with a simple size scalar parameter.


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This is a loudspeaker developed by Magico Technology, a brand that specializes in high end speakers. All of their products demonstrate a high tech approach to design and fabrication, employing the use of CAD simulations and CNC milling. This speaker, their smallest to date, uses a baffle milled from a single slab of aluminum. The cabinet is made from dozens of layers of laminated birch ply. This uncompromising technique was chosen for its rigidity and the sonic characteristics of the wood.
I chose this speaker in particular because it combines a long-term interest of mine, audio equipment, with a newer interest of mine, high tech fabrication. This speaker’s use of CNC technology and computer modeling (in the design process) is uncommon in the audio industry, and represents the kind of commitment to craftsmanship and expression of tectonics/joinery that I would like to explore further in my architectural work. Like good architecture, this speaker proves that successful design can be both practical as well as beautiful.