The industrial design program at the MiLL has had a busy December and January. A variety of projects are described below and allowed students to grow in collaboration, design, and prototyping skills.
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN 1:
Industrial Design 1, the half year introductory course in product design and prototyping, worked on some major projects during December and January. Half of the students were paired up with a musician in Mr. John DiEgidio's Introduction to Music class to design and produce a custom recorder. The student designers and client musicians had to share their expertise in the mechanics of making sound with a recorder, sketching, 3D modeling and printing, and testing and troubleshootin...
As part of our Engineering II curriculum, our students are given the opportunity to prototype models of existing and new products. With this project of prototyping a DSLR Camera, the students are using cardboard. Prototyping is one of the most practical skills you can learn when designing products. We want our students to be able to take a design concept from thought to 3D model for the purpose of being able to share and explain their design concepts with their peers. Cardboard is an eco-friendly material, easy to find, easy to manipulate, and allows for quick and inexpensive proof of concept.
Over the course of the fall months the MILL has been home to many different classes using the space to work on a variety of projects. From AP Research, Physics, English and Italian classes, the space has proven to be an ideal setting in which to learn. The MiLL provides a more informal environment that encourages deeper discussion and collaboration both for students and faculty. We are always inspired by how our faculty envisions using the MiLL to implement new projects and concepts into their curriculum.
The Mount Olive High School's Loggerhead ROV team traveled down to the University of Miami last month to take part in their Shark Research & Conservation (SRC) program tagging sharks! The team spent the day on Biscayne Bay assisting the SRC program with gathering valuable data for their ongoing research project. While onboard, they learned from University of Miami's Shark Researchers about the state of shark populations, why sharks are important to our oceans, how SRC research is answering key questions about ocean ecosystems, and how the research is conducted during the excursion. Once the boat arrived at the designated fishing spot, our students began deploying the fishing gear. Even at the height o...
Students in Industrial Design 1 have been working hard on their 'wearable' designs. Made from cardboard, foam, tape and more, and finished with markers, paint, fabric and clay, these wearables are as unique as the designers who built them. Their challenge was to create a wearable object that could go on either the head, hand, arm, or torso, and students chose their designs and materials. In the photos, you can see students at work building their prototype masks, collars, gloves, and helmets. The results are outstanding!
Some 3D modelers have developed an innovative way to make more organic shapes with 3D printing using post processing techniques. Post processing is any activity done after a 3D print is made to alter its appearance. Some examples are sanding, painting, polishing or, in this case, using heat to alter the shape of a 3D print. In this video, you can see the process of softening 3D printed hair to make it appear more natural. In the MiLL, we continue to experiment with materials and techniques to broaden our skill base! Sometimes, we get to have fun doing it!
Montclair State University Industrial Design Major Chris Weiss, a graduate of Mount Olive HIgh School generously shared his time with students in the MiLLStone course. Besides showing examples of his work and academic and professional journeys at Montclair, Chris fielded questions regarding college entrance, professional skills and motivation. He also provided MiLLSTONE students with some thoughtful and insightful feedback on their design challenges. Mr. Weiss asked Mount Olive students for feedback regarding 3D printing and their experiences, and our students were able to share their thoughts on that topic.
Students in Industrial Design 1 have been studying how to draw objects using perspective (one point perspective, two point perspective and isometric views). Beginning with one point perspective, students were able to draw a city street, and then choose on of their buildings to re-create three dimensionally. This not only brought their drawings into the three-dimensional world, but developed prototyping and craftsmanship skills. After finishing one point perspective drawings, students went on to learn about two point perspective and isometric sketching.
Students in Industrial Design II class are learning about both ergonomics and materials as they design a handheld 3D form in clay. Once the form is built, they must figure out a way to translate that form into another material--foam--and still maintain the same size and shape. Creativity, precision, and craftsmanship are also a focus, with students creating shapes that are visually interesting and smooth to the touch.
Engineering II students learning Parametric Modeling skills using Autodesk Fusion 360. Fusion 360 introduces the students to general principles of 3D printing including a brief history of 3D printing, the types of 3D printing technologies, commonly used filaments, and the basic procedure for printing a 3D model. 3D printing makes it easier than ever for anyone to start turning their designs into physical objects, and during this course students will be able to print out their own designs.