Creating te wave

January 26, 2010

Creating the wave

Rapid prototyping

In the different solution possibilities I thought of rapid prototyping. This technique is used to create quick models/prototypes and one off products. After some research on the possibilities of these techniques it seems like it could be an option for a scale model. A life size model of meters is too big to be created in the machines.

For the effect it is crucial to have a transparent material. I didn’t know if this was possible. But after some internet surfing I found there can also be prototyped in ABSi, which is a translucent plastic. This may work for a small model. To have a transparent effect the wall thickness can’t be too thick.

Vacuum forming

This process makes hollow shapes. A layer of (clear) plastic is heated and put over a mold. By sucking all the air out between the layer and the mold a thin-walled copy of the mold forms. There are restrictions to this process. The size of the object is a factor. Also therecan’t be any undercuts in the form, because the material will not follow the form and is difficult to remove.

Ice Sculpting

With ice sculpting incredible forms are possible to make. Virtually every form is possible and at any size you want. As long as you have the time and skill, or the money.

Using this techniq

ue the effect will be optimal. But of course there are some down sides; ice sculptures are very expensive and demand a lot of labor. Next to that they do not last in hot rooms. A solution would be to keep the room cold, but then the effect would be less because people could expect the water to be frozen.

Forming with r esin

I looked at th e technique o f resin forming. It is used to create a variety of shapes. The end product can be as clear as glass. I even found someone that made a waveform of it.

All the examples I found where fairly small. I don’t know the size limitation of this technique, but for a scale model it is certainly an option.

Flowing water over a frozen object

I couldn’t think of another possibility to create the wave, so I started googling. I found a picture of rain instantly freezing onto a car and some benches. This creates quit the same effect as the frozen waterfalls. Maybe it is possible to make a basic wave form out of a metal, cool it down to sub zero temperature and layer by layer drip water over it. Of course the same problem as you have with the ice sculpture will occur, it will melt. Unless it is cooled in some kind of way.

But I think it is more easy to do than the ice sculptures, even on full scale. But the result will be less beautiful.

Ice Sculpting

With ice sculpting incredible forms are possible to make. Virtually every form is possible and at any size you want. As long as you have the time and skill, or the money.

Using this technique the effect will be optimal. But of course there are some down sides; ice sculptures are very expensive and demand a lot of labor. Next to that they do not last in hot rooms. A solution would be to keep the room cold, but then the effect would be less because people could expect the water to be frozen.

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