POLYMORPHIC MOLD

BASED

ON RODS

Abstract

The purpose of this project is to propose a new path in handcrafts through innovation. For this, it is intended to improve the design of a new production process, developed during my period of international mobility in Chile and investigate its possibilities.

Documents on design and crafts were reviewed, a study of the preliminary draft prepared in Chile was done, an assessment of problems and virtues was made and research and experimentation routes were opened.

Consequently the prototype of a tool for the production of pieces and molds was manufactured and products were made in different materials.

In short, it was concluded that the designed tool opens a range of formal and work  possibilities in crafts and design.
 

 

 

 

 

New crafts process through a tool that allows to generate natural forms by extrusion of profiles. From the form products or molds are obtained by tracing with materials.

OPERATION / ATTRIBUTES / PIECES
Ceramics
Silicone

Creation of solid silicone molds from negative tool shape (1-3). Porcelain pieces with exterior texture through emptying technique (4-5).


 

Creation of silicone pieces with exterior texture from negative tool shape.


 

It is an intuitive, visual and with the possibility of editing technique. Opens a new dimension of possibilities, new formal and work configurations. It allows the creation of natural forms governed by a limited arbitrariness and relative to the rod used (shape, size and texture). The profile is the pixel, the smaller the size, the greater the control over the degree of definition of the shape. The arbitrariness bounded by extrusion is what gives the natural character and makes the pieces unrepeatable. In addition, it is a tool that allows the translation of a form to its own logic through tracing. 

A series of elements of crockery were manufactured, catered to the function of a vermouth. The idea was to show the versatility of the tool through pieces that are part of the same family, with different size and shape and that respond to different functions. The products were designed following the concept of the relationship of material with nature. The use of purely organic forms with a texture that reminds to mineral strata in mountains, to the erosion produced by water and wind in rocks, to salt mines and to the passage of time. In this way it is intended to transport the user to the mineral origin of the material and to give value to the product.

Salt mines / San Pedro de Atacama / Chile.
Catedrales de Mármol/ Puerto Río Tranquilo / Chile.
Catedrales de Mármol/ Puerto Río Tranquilo / Chile.
Torres del Paine / Chile.
Catedrales de Mármol/ Puerto Río Tranquilo / Chile.
Catedrales de Mármol/ Puerto Río Tranquilo / Chile.
RESEARCH LINES

In the beginning, the intention wasn’t only to innovate in crafts, but also to investigate around the logic of creation through a mold based on rods. Research lines are: Use of new materials. Find out if it is possible to translate the shapes made by the profiles into plain shapes. Extrapolate the essence of the method to other disciplines, artisanal and industrial; It is thought that a tool for the technique of blown glass could be developed. In this technique the pieces could be produced directly in the tool, shortening the number of steps in relation to the traditional technique and decreasing the number of molds. Other interesting fields in which one could investigate are: Blown caramel (cooking technique), thermoforming (continuing from the tests and prototypes carried out in the project) focused on the creation of an artisanal rapidprototyping and designed for small-scale products or at a industrial level, the automation of a profile system (possibility of extruding profiles in the physical environment through software), applications can be a polymorph industrial mold, an editable room, adjustable furniture ...

In conclusion, the logic of creating forms through a system of profiles is a new idea that has not yet been explored and presents an infinite number of possibilities. Due to the project time limit, it has not been possible to investigate enough, however, it is an aspect that I consider in the medium and long term.

 Design

 Miguel Giner

Photography

Olga Segura

Quima Roca

Photographic edition

Guillem Garay