20RM_X04

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PHYSICAL MODEL

DIGITAL MODEL

PROCESS

RECIPROCAL MODEL / EXPERIMENT FOUR

The system uses leverage and tension forces acting upon interlocking joints as crucial nodes for balancing, requiring a great amount of precision to achieve equilibrium due to its geometry. Each iteration generates an expansion of space, differing by the scale and angle of each individual unit. Each component is balanced upon the arm of the segment below it, while a wire attached to the vertical column prevents it from tipping over. Spatially, the frame becomes increasingly complex with each successive variation. Thus, the wires are required to adjust slightly for each variation to pull the system perpendicularly to its respective unit.

The joints between the segments counteract the rotational forces created by the tensile forces, while the wires countered the gravitational forces pulling the pieces down. The wires are attached to pins on the side of the board that could to twisted slightly to increase the tension as each pieces was added.Our experiment began with the pivoting joint version, where we varied the rotation of the units along a single axis at the joint. While we were able to construct multiple variations of slightly increasing complexity, we found that the pin-joint made the tensile forces less integral, which prevented a rational logic for the arrangement of the wires to achieve equilibrium.

Katherine Hui
Olivia Malone
Nikolas Anderson