For these projects I was assigned the task to turn a digital letterform into a three-dimensional, architectural object that reflects the nature of the letterform in a physical object. These projects were made in designer & educator Amir Berbić's Experimental Three-Dimensional Typography course at UIC in the fall semester of 2017. In this process, I learned to translate a digital model into a physical one, understanding the characteristics of a letterform in both three-dimensional and experimental ways, as well as making models in Rhino, and how to use a laser cutter.
The first initial steps to this process was understanding the nature of the letter. Since I had the letter D, I wanted to reflect it's two-dimensional qualities of having curves and a flat end into the translation.
For the 3D models, which I had made in Rhino, I produced several variations before coming down to the one that I thought best represents the letter it's derived from.
To fabricate the finalized model ( I had chosen the last model in the bottom left corner ) I had to section off the model in 1/16 inch increments to match the thickness of the 1/16 inch chipboard I was using as material for the physical product. I wanted to keep the integrity of the smooth curves, so I had decided to section off from a side, rather from the top on downward.
The dimensions of the model were 6 x 6 x 1 inch. Because I decided I wanted to put these pieces together from the side, I had a total of 96 sections. The sections were then imported into Adobe Illustrator to then prepare the model for the laser cutter.
Off to the laser cutter! Finally ready to then start putting the pieces together and get my model up and finished! For gluing the pieces together, I had used thin layers of rubber cement on both sides of each piece, and held them together tightly until they had dried.
After learning the process behind what goes into making this object, I had then made a second model using nicer matte-black museum board.