Foam: Autonomy of the Tool

Autonomy of the Tool is an exercise in designing an object not my modeling its actual geometry, but instead by generating the toolpaths of a CNC mill and allowing a final form to emerge. Toolpaths were drawn using a Grasshopper script that would read an image (in this case a painting by Hans Hofmann) and parse its various characteristics. This process was repeated three times, so that three different passes on the CNC router would produce a complex, layered object. The final form was cut from a large block of foam and spray painted white to accentuate the various ridges and valleys in the object.

STATUS: Academic Design/Build, 3-week class project with Rachel Hrobon, Gerardo Perez, and Shujie Xie
DATE:  Fall 2016
LOCATION: Ann Arbor, MI