Cutting the Arch

The last post showed the calculations and sketches of the arches that Vincent had worked out. Last week the class was able to visit the wood shop and see the arch being cut out! We used birch plywood, which is relatively thin but stronger and more even than regular plywood. Vincent used Rhino to put in the specifications of the arch. He then sent those to the CNC router, which is a machine that will cut the wood based on our design.

Here’s Carissa talking to Vincent about where to put the drill holes.  

This is the wood shop! It’s always exciting going to a new art concentration’s studio!

The router drilling holes. The overhead part moves back and forth, cutting through a few small layers at a time.   

The router working! If you look closely you can see some of the first drilled holes!