Oribotics [de]

November 12, 2008 on 3:46 pm | In Oribotics, Robo Tech |

I’m currently an artist in residence in Germany, in small village, living in a Künstlerdorf (translates directly artists-town). One of my projects here is to create a new oribot. I was inspired by a member of the public at ArtBots who reminded me of an idea I once had; to make an oribotic flower that has multiple levels within the blossom. So it seems pretty easy while thinking about it, glass of beer in hand. When you actually set about to make a 3d fractally recursive piece of moving art, then you have to take a few steps back and think about it a while.

Well I’ve only been thinking about this for the past few days. Its built on the oribotics [network] design.  The crease pattern is called WB75 (super name I know), from its 75% scale reduction in its modular waterbomb crease pattern. I’m still very much in love with the aesthetic qualities of the WB75, and I like the idea of extending the genus of this particular species.  See these videos (made with Blender) of my visualisations of the mechanics. The crease pattern isn’t there, I have not discovered a way to realistically fold the membrane in 3d software, but I have recently upped my skills in building these mechanical models, thanks to my attendance at the Blender conference in Amsterdam a few weeks back.

The colours are to help distinguish different parts, not an aesthetic choice.

oribotics [de] prototype
Oribotic [de] virtual prototype - full

oribotics [de] prototype
Oribotic [de] virtual prototype - detail 

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