Digital Fabrication

Please see my blog – Digital Fabrication for Designers – for detailed information on the processes used, including diagrams and additional photos.  This page provides a brief overview of some of the projects I’ve worked on.

Torus Knot Table

This table is cut on a 5-axis router. There are 30 parts which dovetail together, end-to-end.

Please see Torus Knot Table Fabrication.

Parametric Chairs in Expanded Polystyrene Foam, cut using 7-axis robot

This video shows the robot outfitted with a wire cutter, making the chair & ottoman I designed

The finished products:

Please see Parametric Chair Fabrication.

Photoformance:  An Empathic Environment

Photoformance was an interdisciplinary undertaking that was installed at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, and was later exhibited in altered form at the 2012 ArtPrize in Grand Rapids.  I assisted one of the main collaborators, Monica Ponce de Leon, in triangulating of the surface, 3D tabbing of the triangles, and layout for CNC fabrication.

On display at UMMA:

Please see UMMA Installation – Photoformance and Photoformance Photos.

Hexagon Table

3D modeling and CNC programming made this table possible; the complex angles of the pieces would have been hard to execute on traditional tools.

Here is the table in parts, before assembly:

Here is the finished piece:

Please see Hexagon Table Fabrication.

Sleigh Bed

This bed was a commissioned piece, designed in conjunction with the clients.  Digital technology such as the CNC router made it possible to create beautiful curvature and to fabricate the custom fasteners the project required.  A detailed walkthrough of the design & fabrication process is available at

Here you can see the robot with the headboard and footboard.

A view of the finished product:

See Wolff Bed Fabrication.

Molded Panel Sculpture

This small piece was made by vacuum forming plastic panels over CNC cut forms.

Computer Model:

Please see Molded Panel Sculpture Fabrication.

Planar Polygon Sculpture

This was a group project undertaken for my first Digital Fabrication course at U-M. It involved covering a surface using planar polygons. It was research into a new method that did not involve a uniform subdivision of the surface.

Please see Surfacing With Planar Polygons.


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