VizProto Class

VizProto (3D Visualization and Rapid Prototyping) Class (class website)

Instructors: Dan Collins and Arius Elvikis

Spring 2008, Arizona State University

This is a studio about computer visualization, modeling, and rapid prototyping in an interdisciplinary manner.

Projects will include:

A. Benchmarks
-3D Laser Scanning
2008-01-30: Sarah Hatton and I scanned a pincushion and a ball of yarn.
Laser Scanning
the resulting pincushion model

Laser Scanning
The resulting yarn model

-3D Modeling
2008-01-29: I did my first Rhino tutorial: a flashlight.

My first 3D model

-Rapid Prototyping
3D printed ring

B. Team Projects
-Data Capture
Presentation on Low-tech spacial data capture with Alex Schlegeldownload PDF

-Visualization and Modeling
Presentation on Patterns with Sarah Hatton and Byron Lahey

C. Final Project
-Proposal: RFID Jewelry

Problem Space: RFID tags are currently used by artists in interactive installations and for protypical office and home devices to identify unique individuals. These projects show a great deal of consideration for embeddedness in their environments in true ubiquitous fashion. However, the RFID tags used to identify these individuals are clumsy and unattractive. An example keyfob tag:

Proposal: I would like to embed small flat and glass ampoule RFID tags in attractive resin rings, pendants, and other jewelry that can bring these identification systems closer into alignment with the systems with which they are meant to interact. These systems are highly dependant on the wearability of these tags. Specifically, hand held devices with small, short-range RFID readers would benefit from the tag being located on the hand in a ring as opposed to in a bracelet. As beautiful handmade technological artifacts, I believe these pieces will have commercial value on the online handmade marketplace Etsy. I would model the form of the jewelry in software, rapid prototype for form, make a mold, and cast the items in resin/lucite, embedding the tags while the material is still liquid.
Small glass ampoule tag:

Prior work: RFID bracelets:

RFID bracelet

Design inspiration/precedents by Etsy sellers poolballrings and studiostebbylee:

Work in Progress: Ring Model in Solidworks:


3D print:
3D printed ring