Design for Simulation – Final Presentation

My final piece for my Simulation project is finally finished. It was tough at stages to get together but I feel that it has been great and am very happy to see it working.

I am defiantly glad that I chose to wire up the custom lighting the way I did rather then make do with a standard light that wouldn’t really work the way I wanted it to. I think that the sizes could have been a little bit different, either the 3D models a little bit bigger or the box itself a little bit smaller but overall you can see the shadows well and the piece demonstrates simulation well alongside my digital models, photographs, paintings and prints which its good.

Below are some pictures of my final work

Design for Simulation – Lighting construction

To create the lights used for my design for simulation project I looked at various different types of pre-made lights that I could install onto the frame of my box, however after experimenting with a number of these I found that none of them really worked out how I wanted it. However what I did notice was that some of the lights had a feature that would be usable to me, that’s when I decided to take apart the parts that I wanted from each light and put them together.

To start I took out the LED circuit board from a head mounted light, then using some wires I soldered the light board to a battery pack that I took from a wall mounted pull lamp. The batteries used were 4x AA’s. Between the battery holder and the light board I placed an 150 ohm resistor to protect the LED’s. This was not the ideal resistor to use for this circuit however as I was unable to obtain the required one. Using Ohm’s law I worked out that the idea resistor to use for these LEDs was in fact 48ohms. Because of this the LED’s are a little bit dimmer then I would have liked but it is still bright enough for what I require. From the LED board I then soldered a wire to connect up a red light up rocker switch and from this switch back to the battery holder.

Once I tested that the circuit was working I then used poly-morph plastic which I could heat up in hot water and mould around the rocker switch, which when cooled down formed a hard plastic casing that I then glued onto the box. I repeated this process with the LED board to secure it inside the box at the correct angle.

To make the front light I used a simple small LED torch with a press click button on the back. I then took the handle bar holder used on a bike light and placed the torch inside the holder which just barely fit but held the torch in tightly. Then I secured the light and holder to the base of the box.

I feel that taking the extra time and effort to create these light set ups myself has made a big difference in the quality and style of my project and has encouraged me to look at custom alternatives for other future projects I encounter.

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Design for Simulation – #3 and #4 of my simulacra paintings and photos of shadows

Another stage after creating my 3D prints and creating shadows using lights was to then photograph the shadows and turn that into a painting. I actually did three paintings, two of which you can see here. I wanted to add an action part to the overall simulation but didn’t have the space to do so and that was a light on top of my cubic box so the people interacting with my installation would become apart of it and then film them and their shadow creating 5- 6 simulations. I’ve had so many ideas with how to go further with this if I get the time, I would love to create a much more extensive simulacra)

Design for Simulation – 3D printer experiments / lighting experiments

These are some photos of my design for simulation 3D print experiments. This was incredibly time consuming, far more then I first believed it would be and due to time constraints I couldn’t make the final 3D prints as big as I wanted, so I settled with using smaller versions. This wasn’t as successful as I also had a huge problem working out lighting there was many issues with this and i found my self constantly buying different lights from the pound shop from bike lights to LED click lights, even stick on pull click lights in the end I decided it would be best to make my own lights. I’ve always wanted to try this with some experience with Arduino and 30 in 1 electronic kit I went to Maplins and brought wire and and looked up online about circuits and resistors and decided rather then throw away all the lights I had already brought I started taking them apart and using the parts to try and make different circuits.

Design for Simulation – Perfect accident

Here are some print outs I made of my 3D model and they have each become another stage to the simulation (simularcua). The fact no two prints are the same and I tried different settings on the print for both colour and black and white, yet even though it messed up it created something brilliant!!!!!

Design for Simulation – Final construction of one of the final pieces

Here’s are some pictures of my construction of my main piece in my simulation (simulacra)

From building the cubic frame to printing the 3D models, the only thing I haven’t added yet is the wiring of the LEDs but as this construction is mainly of the 3D prints thought it better to explain that in another post.

Design for Simulation – Project experiments

I recently got a projector and decided another part of the simularca would be that of projecting my 3D model image maybe even over the 3D shapes creating yet another possible stage to the overall simularcua. I could just keep making simulations of simulation but I feel this was a good experiment that I enjoyed.

Design for Simulation – Cube final construction

This is the frame in which the 3D prints will be housed along side of the 3 lights used to create the shadows.

I made this cube out of wood which was cut and sanded into the correct sizes to form a frame and done stuck together using wood glue. The cube is 18 x 18 x 18 inches in size with a cover panel on the top, back and bottom so that you can see a shadow on the back panel created by the front light and so that viewers can see from the front and 2 sides. The frame is light but awkward to carry so it’s difficult to transport but is sturdy and more then sufficient for my needs.