Special thanks to Paper No. 9 for sending our studio some of your samples for our library!
The final touches: the materials and “knuckles” will be held in the wheel.
Part of the wheel group mixing the last section to pour of the wheel!
This is the wall that the desk goes along. The bows are shelves.
The wheel’s concrete surface.
Working on a solution for the dilemma of ugly ceiling tiles.
Jessie and Jason finishing up the steel wheel, readying it for the concrete. The concrete covers most of this steel.
This mockup shows the inner steel system and concrete flakes (shown in a paper format here.)
The Toddler is in a final Mockup before welding! The Concrete Flakes need to be added to help determine how many flakes need to go on the small, further traveling wheel.
Part of Team:Slip Form working on the Form.
Using the prototypes & Primary Steel Wheel Structure we laid out the pieces to aid in our decision making on the size for the Toddler. The Toddler mockup is the smaller PVC pipe wheel ( will be in steel) that is easily rolled out to other buildings on campus for specific Material Galleries showing materials that apply to Theatre, Engineering, Book Arts, and etc…
We decided that the 3′ diameter wheel is too large and the 2.5′ diameter is too small – Goldilock’s dilemma too…
Mixing a very calculated formula for a 5 Gradients of Grey Concrete in a single piece. This is for the second 6′ long desk piece. This type of gradient piece is difficult to do without a team effort. Each mixing bin had the exact concrete formula with a different amount of pigment.
For the wall behind Evelyn’s desk we are doing a wall of homasote in a floor like sequence
Laying it out and making the cuts to make the sequence before we attach it to the wall
We did a mock up of the outer edge of the slip form to test materials (foam) and how they would fit around the steel runners.
Re-bar is added into the pour so that our flakes may eventually be welded into the steel web-work filling the wheel-like materials lab. We also are working towards a thinner pour and a more organic shape that favors varying widths and curves within the form and product. Plexi melting experimentation has begun.
The form that we made on the casting table to cast the other half of Evelyn’s desk table
We made a second pass and poured with wood sealing the edges as opposed to clay. The blunt edges are stronger.
The Concrete Flake Group has been experimenting with a vertical, curved form made of plexiglass. The form includes two c-shaped pieces of plexi that have been melted with a heat gun to take the shape that we require. For this pour, the plexi was mounted on a clay bed and the edges sealed with clay for the duration of the pour’s dry time. The flakes will continue to evolve until they are ready to hold materials in our concrete lab.
Once the walls were prepped we started painting 2 of the walls with chalkboard paint. We painted the wall the wheel will be on and the back wall aswell.
The rest of the math and corresponding sketches needed for a worst-case-scenario with the re-bar. Thankfully we only needed to buy one 20ft piece.
Some of the worst-case-scenario math required for re-bar between the two steel runners. Also, a quick sketch of the symmetrical placement of the re-bar so there is room to cut the steel runners in half.
Laminating 4 layers of play wood to make the interior radius of our slipform.
Exterior radius picture to come!
Creating the slip form for the vertical pour!