This blog is not dead yet.

It’s been a long time since the last post.  A lot of work has gone undocumented, but also a lot of nothing going on.

There has been a host of half finished and aborted attempts at prototyping a device to travel through the scaffolding system.

I’m posting now because I have re-thought some assumptions I have made about this device, and have come to the conclusion that I have been over-complicating things.  Stay tuned for a redesign and hopefully a finished prototype.  It’s the best kind, simpler yet as effective, I believe.

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Teaser

Spatial Grid Maximum Volume

Explanation:  I drew a profile of the minimum clearance a mobile unit would need, in x, y, and z directions.  I then extruded these paths in three dimensions, and inverted them, to show the absolute maximum shape and dimensions of any grid structure.  This will be handy in any future design of actual structural pieces, as this shape is the boundary that can’t be crossed.

Quality Improvement

Well, I’m getting better at Blender, and things are looking good.  Here’s the results!  Soon, I will move on to more interesting and complex stuff.  For a video, click the image.

RASA module anim
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Hello world!

It’s been a while since my last post.  I have been working on figuring out the Blender 3D modelling and animation program.  The goal is to illustrate my book and blog, with both still images and video.  It’s not much, but I’ve gotten to the point of rendering a short animation of a basic RASA module, so I figured I would share.

RASA module anim
Click to view animation. If you have trouble viewing the animation, make sure your browser supports APNG, or just upgrade to Firefox.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update:  If you have the Chrome browser and the animation doesn’t play, you need the APNG Plugin from Google.  Just a couple clicks and then your browser will work properly.