Exploring Three Dimensions

The first year batch recently completed the ‘Geometry and Construction’ module. The aim of this module is to educate students about constructing solids by folding plain surfaces and also make them aware of their properties and applications. The students work as teams as the module begins with the task of constructing simple regular solids like cubes and tetrahedrons and proceeds to the construction of the more complex platonic solids, intersecting solids etc. The final deliverable is in the form of application concepts based on the separate briefs given to each team.

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Some of the work is documented below.


Three Dimensional Tessellations

Members

Arshed Hakeem, Prajakta Samant, Ravishankar S., Suchismita Naik, Tina S. Kumar 

The team was given a task of exploring 3D tessellation using polyhedrons and how tessellation can add value or function to a product. The areas that were explored included tessellating roof structures, puzzles for kids, wall shelves, innovative chess board, wave breakers, before hitting on the idea of using an icosahedron for an impeller.

Application Concept

“Seapod” is basically a structure that floats on water, be it sea or river. The integral part of the structure is the impeller and the float supports its axis. The movement of the structure is limited by anchoring. The floating structure that holds the impeller is composed of three polyhedrons viz. tetrahedron, octahedron and truncated tetrahedron.

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The rotation of the impeller generates a DC current which could be stored in the batteries that are enclosed within the structure. The surface of the structure that is above the water level are provided with solar panels to harvest the solar energy.


Origami

Members

Abhishek Karmakar, Kaish Agarwal, Midhu S. Valsan, Sulagna Biswas, Yashodha Deshpandey

This team was given the task of exploring Origami and how it can add value or function to a product. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, and as such the use of cuts or glue are not considered to be origami. The number of basic origami folds is small, but they can be combined in a variety of ways to make intricate designs. Basic explorations were based on simple yet creative polyhedrons and mainly module-based origami.

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Application Concept

A design can never achieve its full stature unless it has nature attached to it. The team’s concept “Coral Corrugation” is inspired from the aura of negative space solids, perfectly symbolised by coral reefs and shells.

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The corrugated structure of the module in the form of hyperbolic pyramid kills the sound echo by trapping the vibrations and transferring it to the enclosed air. Alternatively, when used in the reverse direction it produces alternating echoes.

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