Rotational Form

Revolve: move in a circle on a central axis; move in a circular orbit around.

Rotational form expresses rhythm, intensity, and the change of axis. By using the lathe, we were to first practice by using foam. In this exercise, we also applied CAD modeling to examine what our Rotational form would look like in real life. After creating a drawing and a profile of our rotational form, we then used the wood lathe to turn our piece in wood.

With the lathe, I was able to produce a mass of smaller models.


My intent for this exercise was to shift the axis of the rotational form by giving the illusion of bending end points. I also intended to combine both linear form and rotoform by slicing the form in half, cutting the inside pieces, and putting the pieces back together, thus creating two opposing axis.

Solidworks made it possible for me to design my rotational form and know ahead what it would look like.

After turning my wood piece, I cut my form in half, and then cut the individual sections in order to create the space between the two axis. I then used an adhesive to bring back the pieces together.

I enjoyed the process in making the rotational form mainly because of the CAD modeling and being able to produce a bunch of outcomes in a matter of minutes. Making the small models also made me very comfortable with the machine that I am using. This, in turn, makes me know what I am doing and I am confident about my decision making process.

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