I have decided that as a little tongue and cheek I will add a rat handle to my rat brain cell colander. When I thought about it last week I had a giggle to myself about having a rat hanging on my wall and watching me whilst cooking my pasta in my shipping container. The rats tail doubles back to allow it to be hung from the wall. I have spent a few days modelling this and I still need to finish off the bowl and think about how I am going to attach the rat handle to the bowl. I want to try and stay away from using artificial chemical bonding (aka glue), I may add in holes that I can try and plastic weld the two together with my 3D doodle pen. My other idea is to try and make a clip out of the handle that the hands will attach to.
I have been working a lot on my second colander design idea. This has taken me much longer to create than the one I posted earlier this week. I prefer this design however It isn’t yet finished and I have some tweaking in T-splines to do. I also need to design the handle so that this can be printed separately as it is too large for the printer bed size.
I am a little concerned about the size of some of the gaps in the piece. I will print a version as it is after the tweaks to test and I can also use this model to develop a fruit bowl for my container.
For the last two weeks I have been settling in to my new life in Dundee. I have been getting equated with the university campus and finding my way around. I have been buying glaze for my shot glasses as well as printing more press moulds.
Today I set myself the task of designing a colander for the kitchen of my shipping container. I find the kitchen implements quite and interesting area of my study as it is both a tool and could be 3D printed or I could also go down the line of hand building them.
I feel that as I have to build everything in my house some simpler items such as colanders should be directly 3D printed to save time. However I am still aware that I would like to focus on the aesthetics of the piece.
I had a few ideas I ran through in my sketchbook looking at cell structures and geodesic domes. Here is the first CAD model I have made:
This design was inspired by the roof design’s of both Buckminster Fuller’s domes and Grimshaw’s Eden Project. The only concern I have is if the holes in the piece are too big it will be impractical and food will fall through it. I will print this to test first.