Transient

Client: Norman Mooney

Project: Star Sculptures

Norman Mooney's Wind seed sculptures and subsequent colored glass "Star" sculptures are an extraordinary feat of fabrication that are made possible by utilizing our skills in 3 dimensional computer modeling.  Norman was looking for a way to create a newer version of his current star sculptures that would take less time to create by utilizing modern manufacturing equipment along with obtaining a more precision look.  Naturally Normans purist intentions lead us to look at complex icosahedron geometry previously explored by the great Buckminster Fuller.  After presenting a simple 20 sided Icosahedron. Norman was interested in multiplying the geometry, while keeping the triangular, cast aluminum spikes that he was using on previous sculptures.  He was also set on having the all of the trajectories of each spike move from the center in a perfect, geometric grid. In order to do this the node that supported all of the spikes could not follow the constraints used for geodesic geometry.  This was due to the fact that each triangular surface did not have a perfect center or equal sides.  The task was then to "trick out" the geometry and consequently the engagement surfaces of each spike to create a seamless and pure aesthetic. 

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Client:  Norman Mooney

Project: Wallflower 2

The goal of the project was to create a wall hanging piece that consisted of a 6’ diameter hand spun aluminum dome covered with over 1400 red resin spikes. A system was developed in house using molds made from polycarbonate that were cut from a custom table saw jig to create various length spikes with the same base footprint. The plastic spikes would then be mounted to the dome via steel pins. We created a complex geodesic pattern so the dome could go through a 5 axis machining process to allow all the spikes to fit on the disc and angle perfectly toward the center of the sphere created by the dome. The final product was shown at Causey Contemporary in Williamsburg Brooklyn NYC.

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Client: Chester and Polly Rothstein

Project: "Walk and Roll" Rollator

The Walk and Roll rollator is a patented device that came to us in the form of a 4th stage prototype that had many problems and was basically unusable for the client. The client noticed that many of the rollators available were poorly designed,  and lacking the ability to become more narrow to get through tight spaces when needed.  M//E was asked to create a new prototype that would be lighter than the previous one and fold smaller for travel. We constructed the device from thin walled 6061 Aluminum, laser cut steel, and a plethora of off the shelf bike parts.  Utilizing Solidworks to test the geometry we were able to reach all the design criteria set forth by the client, and reduce the weight by nearly half from the original prototype. 4 way adjustable arm supports were designed to allow full articulation for a wide spectrum of ergonomic needs. Strong locking brakes allow the user to put a tremendous amount of force on the device while getting up out of a seated position. 

Client: The Latchis Theater and Hotel

Project: Marquee clad and new metal logos

The historic Latchis Theater and Hotel (1938)  in downtown Brattleboro Vermont approached us looking to have their recently damaged marquee clad with new metal logos. The client needed the new signage to be low profile to avoid future damage as the marquee hangs over the busy "malfunction junction" intersection in Downtown.   M//E worked closely with the client to create proper proportioned signage with a simple stacked construction. The signs were built in Solidworks, lasercut out of 6061 aluminum then powdercoated to the clients specifications and assembled in our Southern Vermont Studio. 

 

 

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Client: Novetta

Project: Employee of the Year Award

The Novetta Employee of the Year Award was designed and fabricated in 6 weeks. Working off of a client provided white board sketch and design brief we were able to create a foam working prototype as well as the mahogany final award. The award features a CNC milled mahogany base, sandblasted glass globe, 3d printed plastic "tree" with LED lights on the end of each branch, 10 nixie tubes, and a hand rolled brass band with touch sensitive dimmer carrying the names of 10 years winners. The nixie tubes were programmed by the client to scroll the date and time. The wood base was finished with waterbased low VOC stain and clearcoat. 

Client: Metlife Stadium - Super Bowl XLVII

Project: Tostitos Party Zone

M//E Designs teamed up with Workspace 11 to help develop the Tostitos Party Zone for Super Bowl XLVII. The project was the first for us to use a streamlined workflow with no architectural drawings. Solidworks models were developed,  sent to various fabricators, and all the parts and assemblies were created directly from the 3D models. This project went from concept to reality in just over 1 month and was installed by Workspace 11 at Metlife Stadium. 

 

Client: Phish's 2015 Magnaball

Project: Mbar

We were asked to create a 12' tall letter M for Phish's 2015 Magnaball. This piece of scenery was built in 2 weeks from Plywood, a large number 2 was created from blue foam and painted gold. The letter M on the face lit up with chasing LED lights behind milky white acrylic. The inner surfaces also lit up with a internal smoke machine creating a hazy atmosphere as patrons entered the Mbar during the show. 

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Client: Peter Talbot

Project: Staple Saver

A local inventor came to us with a device he was patenting called a "Staple Saver" We were asked to help develop the idea further and create a couple of rounds of working prototypes. We worked with Peter Talbot from the Cardboard Teck Instantute to develop a working cardboard prototype based on a plastic silverware dispenser we used at City Market in Burlington. We then went into 2 rounds of 3D printed prototypes to prove out the concept fully. The device is currently being pitched to major manufacturers by the inventor. 

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Project: Roughy

A merge of Shapeoko and Momus that is built for high chip load and speed (SFM). Perfect for the production of rough ready, 3 dimensional wood or aluminum parts


The Roughy project began in 2012 around the production of the ironwood stool (now being sold through our Strigiforms brand).  The goal for the machine was to be able to carve a reclaimed bar stool top at fast speeds in order to obtain a part production time of 15 minutes.  With this latest design we have succeeded in that goal. 
The project is a clone of the Shapeoko designed by Edward Ford and many of the parts are currently sourced through Inventibles. Much of the structural parts were inspired by the MomusCNC build and a composite wood body is a major factor of strength and vibration dampening in the design.   


This project would just not be possible without many other open source designs that combined together to make this CNC a reality. In order to reproduce this design you will need access to find our files on Wevolver.  


Assembly guides to come later on.


CREDITS:
Matthew Flego, Erik Cooper, Toby Wasserman

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Client: ECHO

Project: Lake Brite

This data visualization project is truly one-of-a-kind and allows guests and the public to interact, learning about Lake Champlain through amazing and artistic displays. From temperature statistics to animal life, Lake Brite will encourage community interaction and data literacy, connecting everyone around the common cause of Lake Champlain health. See for yourself as the 7,500 LEDs light up to awe and inspire you. This project was made possible by the generous support of senator Patrick Leahy and funded by Google. 

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Client: Alice and the Magician

Project: Mobile Aroma Bar

Matt and Erik were tasked to create a mobile bar for Alice and the Magician. Upon request, the bar included a smoke machine, a sink and storage space. A lot of time was spent in Solidworks developing new techniques for plywood tab joinery. The project then came to life in three short days. The beautiful AA maple plywood bought from The Treehouse in South Burlington was cut on the KL-1212. The back bar consisted of storage space and a smoke machine fed through copper tubing to create a foggy backdrop. The front bar incorporated the Alice and the Magician logo lit up with LEDs, table space, and a hidden sink.