Reef test piece
As a necessary step further for the Reefs project, a test phase is required. In order to implement it, our team (Co-de-iT + disguincio&co) designed a test piece to be placed underwater for monitoring of several variables:
. mechanical resistance of the material to undercurrent erosion
. colonization process over time
The piece was designed constraining the 3D anisotropic Reaction-Diffusion process to a few design principles:
. a tripod shape to improve stability to undercurrents
. a gradient of cavity size to provide a heterogenous space for colonization
The final piece bounding box was constrained by maximum transportation size.
You can also navigate the piece in 3D:
On May 18th, 2013 we went to D-Shape facility in Pisa to assist in the final extraction of the piece from the sand heap resulting from the finished printing process
The de-dusting team. Left to right: Filippo Nassetti, Alessandro Zomparelli, Alessio Erioli.
The Reef test piece after sand removal.
The piece will be exhibited next October 4-6 in Rome for Maker Faire Rome.
All photos in this article are by Filippo Nassetti for Co-de-iT (© all rights reserved – used under permission).