Thursday, May 29, 2014

INDN 341: Presentation Renders

Following our presentation we thought it would be wise to explain a few or the envisioned design decisions we included in our slides.  First up is this render of how we imagined the paper would attach to the system on a magnet based pin. The pin slots into a pre-molded hole in the thick rubber belt and stays via sufficient friction. The head of this pin would be either a strong magnet or some magnetic material such as steel. In terms of attaching the paper to this, it would simply be placed against the head of the pin and clamped on with another strong magnet - neodymium earth magnets would probably suit best. A second method we imagined involved punching holes into the top of the paper, using that to hang it on a small bolt, and then securing it between a set of nuts and washers.

The overall design process here involved creating a piece that was both easily scaleable and took up as little space as possible in the process. For these reasons we decided to go with a wall mounted design. This also enabled us to route the belt in any way we wish, leading us to the idea that we could attach the confessions so that they entered the machine from the top, and wind their way down to the bottom. As they did this, they would be exposed to water via some fashion, and as they spent more time in the machine, they would get more and more destroyed.

We discussed two ways in which we could deliver the water to destroy the paper, this is a simple mockup of the first design - a waterfall that passed down through the middle of the machine, so that the belt would cross it multiple times as the confessions wound down. The water would be collected at the bottom and recycled back to the top with the use of a pump. We felt that as we were also deciding between two paper choices as well (Rice paper or PVA paper) we would have to go with PVA paper with this system, as the waterfall would probably prove to strong for the rice paper to withstand all the way through the machine

This is a visualisation with a few modifications for the second water delivery system, Fog. As the fog would have essentially evaporated by the time it reached the bottom of the machine, we felt there was no need to include a catchment system or pump system to recycle the water. The foggers we would plan to use can last for a long time on a single tank of water, that would only need to be topped up occasionally.

This is a visualisation similar to the one above of how we envisioned the fog system to look/work. This design would have been a little more mystifying to watch as it would have been harder to discern exactly how the paper was getting destroyed.

Renders by Matt Hagedorn

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