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Mon 2.11.

‘MorphoLuminesence’ by PROJECTiONE

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 02.11.2009 - Tagged as: , , , , ,

MorphoLuminesence by PROJECiONE

MorphoLuminesence by PROJECiONE

PROJETiONE is a collaborative thesis founded by four students from the Institute for Digital Fabrication at the Ball State University in Indiana, USA. With their kinetic installation ‘MorphoLuminesnece’, which is just one example of a range of impressive interactive works, the institute was represented at this year’s BEYOND MEDIA, the Florence based festival for visionary contemporary architecture.

MorphoLuminesence by PROJECTiONE

MorphoLuminesence by PROJECTiONE

Here is what the designers explain:

“MorphoLuminesence is a kinetic ceiling prototype, originally described as a simple surface in Rhino. The surface was triangulated into panels or ”petals” using a combination of the PanelingTools plug-in and manual modeling based on a specific tessellation logic. “Morpho” consists of these kinetic petals, laser cut from white acrylic, which hang from stems of clear tubular acrylic with planar elbow joints. The acrylic tubes were laser cut using custom fabricated jigs to create angles and grooves along each piece. The compound joints of each petal were created using unique laser cut acrylic angles and pivoting model airplane hinges. The surface is actuated using monofilament attached to small, high torque servos. The servos are mounted to acrylic towers above the MDF top surface, providing maximum leverage. Variable value RGB LEDs, above the petal surface, are tuned across the visual spectrum to provide a wide variety of lighting effects.”

MorphoLuminesence by PROJECTiONE

MorphoLuminesence by PROJECTiONE

“The MDF soffit was modeled in Rhino as a network of the stems. Although the original form was a NURBS surface, the tooling patterns and g-code where generated using Mastercam. The preview modes allowed us to tweak the step sizes until we could achieve the right aesthetic. The ridges allowed material to be placed where it was structurally needed to keep the petals stable and fixed. The top of the soffit became the circuit board for the LED’s and base for the servo towers.”

The mounting

The mounting

“A series of prototypes informed the shape and structure of the components that create the overall form. Acrylic panels were flexed to their breaking points, fishing line was stressed, and multiple materials were tested for the
rigid top surface including, HDF, MDF, Particleboard, and High Density Foam.”

The CNC-milled MDF soffit

The CNC-milled MDF soffit

“The surface reacts to people standing and moving beneath it, as Arduino micro-controllers are used to receive infrared sensor data and to control the position of the servos. The sensors detect speed and direction of people in relation to the piece. If a user stands still for a long enough period of time, the petals will retract into the completed surface, but once activated by human occupation, the piece opens and closes pods.”

MorphoLuminesence by PROJECTiONE

MorphoLuminesence by PROJECTiONE

Team: Elizabeth Boone, Eric Brockmeyer, Adam Buente, Kyle Perry

Faculty: Mahesh Senagala, Joshua Vermillion

Partners: The Morpholuminescence project was made possible by the generosity of the following industry partners: Buente|Buente Architects, Capstone Real Estate, LHI Lighting Sales, Ridout Plastics, The Estopinal Group, and VPS Architecture

to the PROJECTiONE website

see the MorphoLuminesence Video

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