In this week’s edition of Critical Making, cnc milling was a doozy and I thought I couldn’t beat the Bantam Mill. The assignment was simple, use the bantam mill to cut out a 2D pattern on a piece of PCB. …

This week for Critical Making, we were tasked with creating another 2D pattern for laser cutting. I began in Rhino and Grasshopper, using a simple hexagon pattern and various shapes.

I adjust the highlighted segments slider to adjust the shapes of the polygons in the pattern. …

This week I sought out to make the truchet tiles pattern in Rhino using Grasshopper in order to have an adjustable and parametric pattern. I used this tutorial and follow along step by step.

The first step is to make the grid of squares that the pattern will fall into…

Alas, as I assumed would happen last week a little practice and some guidance and I am warming up to using Grasshopper. In fact, all of the above vessels were made with Grasshopper and Rhino. 4 simple curves, at various heights relative to one another, and with varying radii, and…

Notre Dame with a reconstructed spire and glass roof

When searching #parametricdesign and how far this systematic design method has reached into consumerism and lifestyle, there are a few areas that have already grasped and embraced this style extensively, architecture in particular being one of them. However, a specific area ripe with parametric opportunity are the proposals for how…

I am that person who is stoked for Christmas and the holidays the day after Halloween. I spend lots of time seeking Christmas decor inspiration on Instagram, I collect a bunch of cookie recipes to send boxes to friends and family, and have a long list of holiday movies and…

Natalie Wells

Current graduate student at the CMCI Studio in Boulder, CO. Designer, Colorado native, dog-obsessed.

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