Maui Divers Jewelry produces naturally inspired gold & coral jewelry. Their design team engaged CFL to assist with digitization of thousands of hand-made wax blanks in an effort to parametrically eliminate excess volume, lowering costs while preserving the aesthetics.
CFL developed & codified a series of workflows to scan and reconstruct clean, sparse digital models and selectively thin them.
This interest in low-mass, organic shapes led CFL to develop a toolset generating volume filling organic space frame structures from simple design inputs. These tools produce beautiful, low volume branching patterns to replace otherwise solid forms.
Comprised of engineered FRP with polycarbonate lenses, the domes are a tribute to modern modeling & manufacturing technologies. We believe Bucky would be pleased with the process.
The team worked with Venue Arts on the MGM Macau Butterfly Pavillion to create a specialized dome which shipped to Macau in 2012. In 2014 the team worked with art collector & developer Craig Robins to create a highly engineered, code compliant 3/4 FED for the Miami Design District.
Select images courtesy of the Miami Design District & Robin Hill.
Working in collaboration with Kelly Goff, Artist & Assistant Professor at Wheaton College, CFL assisted with the idiosyncratic process of digitally scanning & milling a common pothole. In addition, the team milled a mahogany filling, a discourse on the absurdity of using technology in this way while testing the process itself.
LightWell is a landscape intervention that seeks to raise public awareness pertaining to stormwater runoff, storage & recharge in Boston, a storied city built on fill. Selected as a winner in Boston’s Public Space Invitational 2014, LightWell is intended to make the systems of stormwater storage and recharge into visible parts of the landscape functioning as a seat, a planter & a dry well.
Powered by solar PV panels, LED lights translate information about groundwater flow via a wi-fi connected microcontroller & water level sensors. The online web interface allows viewers the opportunity to further investigate & understand the system.
Initially funded by Boston’s PSI, additional support for the sensors & data monitoring were provided by a research grant offered by Northeastern University. CFL worked as an industry partner with Assistant Professor Michelle Laboy, partner at FieLDworkshop, to execute the project.
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Working as a consultant to mikyoung kim design, CFL developed software to translate image patterning into vector-based drawings. Deployed as the toolpath for a CNC router the pattern reemerges across stone pavers integrated within a south Florida plaza.
In addition to software development, CFL provided design consultation & prototyping services for pattern translation.
Select images courtesy of mikyoung kim design.
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Working under the design direction of wHY Architecture, CFL worked with the Worcester Art Museum in the final phases of construction assisting with coordination & implementation of the Salisbury Street Pedestrian Bridge. As noted by Kulapat Yantrasast, Founder & Creative Director at wHY, ‘the “bridge” not only significantly improves access, it boldly combines contemporary design with the Museum’s 1933 Beaux-Arts exterior.’
In addition to management services, CFL connected WAM with Goetz Composites of Bristol, RI to manufacture the cylindrical, glowing lens the bridge gently 'rests' on. Referencing wHY’s design drawings CFL produced working drawings for fabrication, digitally scanned the installation area to ensure proper fit & developed a prototype to confirm design intent.
The Providence Revolving Fund, in collaboration with Providence Planning, the I-195 redevelopment and RISD commissioned a new 3d model of the city to support ongoing preservation and development decisions.
The model will change over time with the city and support physical and virtual interaction.
As a technology advisor CFL developed data collection (digitization) data management and data output solutions to support this project.
This includes assessing and recommending data collection technologies, developing a data input/validation process, setting up relation database to insure data integrity and automating data output to 3d printers, CNC router and 3d visualization tools.