Exocubic Studio

Made some more progress today. @genuine_metalworks speedsquares offset was perfect for holding these goofy shapes square. Thanks, Eric!

A series showing the new anchoring bracket configuration how they're fabricated.

Shot of the previous “Transfigure" piece, just finished, pre-powder coat.

My last post caught Lee @zfabcustomwelding's eye - he was needing some #3D #CAD work done on this sweet table leg design. A real head-scratcher, but we got there. If you find yourself in need of a CAD monkey, hit me up!

Trying to get a handle on 3D sketching in #solidworks. Turned said sketch into a 1–1/4" square tubing weldment.

Making some rollers for an unwinding/rewinding machine for a friend.

Update from the Corona Carport Studio: Siegmund fixturing table reporting for duty! This thing is next level - thanks for hooking me up @tricktools! @bernd_siegmund_gmbh

Pulling the warpage out of the grill and adding some ribs to prevent it in the future. This ridiculous "fixture" was the straw that broke my bank account: ordered a new Siegmund workstation from @tricktools to end this foolishness. So excite!

Revamped brackets; trying to solve some issues.

Made some 30/60/90 3D triangles for clamping corners. I work with #stainless 99% of the time, so magnetic corner guides are a no-go.

Chimenea progress: got the grill added and the eyebrow welded on. The grill has a 3/8" threaded rod underneath to help support your firewood.

Pretty excited about how this thing is coming together.

#welding #fabrication #functionalart #sculpture #chimenea

More progress on the chimenea.

Arachnophobia, ahoy. All six feets attached.

 #sculpture #fabrication #functionalart #stainlesssteel #chimenea

Started in on assembling the main body of the CinderCone #chimenea.

Getting started on the CinderCone chimenea prototype. Big thanks to @hunterseverous and @motobilt_inc for the sweet #fiberlaser cutting.

Added some casters and levelers to my trusty old work table. Still love melting metal things together.

Still wrangling with logistics on fabricating these things. Here's another render to tide you over. Not sure I'm digging the swirl finish; might go with a more subdued sanded finish. What do you folks think?

Hey Instageeks! Didja miss me? Took a break from soso media while I FINISHED INTERWOVEN (Thanks Cyndi for the great photo!)

Interwoven.

Interwoven is finished!

Interwoven finished in the shop

After five long months of work through the winter, Interwoven is finally done. Very happy little metal monkey over here. So pleased, in fact, that I composed a wee poem for the occasion:

Interwoven
Unseen fabric
Warp of Time
Weft of Space
The tapestry of connection
Between me and everything
Nexus
Node to node
Emergent consciousness
Synapse
And Synecdoche
Hydrogen becoming
Humanity
A Universe evolving
Eyes
with which to see
Itself

Below are more views of the final steps in the assembly.

Interwoven last parts

Interwoven adding the base

Interwoven from above

Interwoven morning light

Weaving Interwoven: The Beginning.

Now that I've bent some tabs, the actual assembly can start. First steps are to figure out which part goes where; I've employed a letter-plus-number system cut right into the metal to try to simplify this process. Seems to be working OK, but ascertaining "front" and "back" on a form without them is somewhat problematic.  It's just a matter of playing "who's your neighbor" and keeping track of those relationships. I divided the form up into 13 "modules" consisting of the sheetmetal surrounding each hole. Beyond planning, the actual assembly is aided by the use of these little doodads called "Clecos," which are spring-loaded temporary rivets that hold things in position until actual rivets can be added. Pneumatic riveter for the win. (I "love" "using" "quotes," apparently.)

Printouts on the fab table

Laying it all out. Using printouts from my 3D model, I’m trying to figure out who goes where.

 

Rivets and glove

Rivets. Lots of rivets. Over 1500.

 

Clecos and clamp

Clecos. Clecos are temporary rivets that hold things in place until you can use a real one.

 

First section underway

First. The first half-module is done. This just might work.

 

Clecos

More Clecos. This is looking pretty cool.

 

One and a half sections done

One and a half. Look at that caveman go.

Ooh, artsy!

#sculpture #stainlesssteel #mobius #publicart

Interwoven: Fabrication.

Once the virtual model is finalized and I have all the surfaces flattened and laid out, the files are sent off to Wesco Laser to be cut from 14 (main body) and 7 (base) gauge 304 stainless steel. Now I get to try to turn this:

Pile of stainless steel parts

Into a piece of public art.

 

box of tabs

Oh, and remember those tabs I talked about? Here they are, ready to be bent and employed to hold the whole works together.

Making Terralogue Totems: Even Deeper.

More fabrication photos. “Crop” was delayed due to the corten face material arriving damaged. Took forever to get replacements.

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