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January 20, 2015 AT 5:00 pm

Use Fusion To Make Collaborative Sculptures With Bees #NatureAndTechnology

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For this series of collaborative sculptures, I wanted to make an organic framework from which my bees could build comb. Since comb is heavy when filled with honey and very fragile when taken from the hive, decided I needed to build a structure strong enough to hold the weight and yet transparent enough to make the fragile nature of the comb visible when the piece was finished.

These steps take us from beginning in Fusion 360 with a model to the finished mold as it goes to the hive to be finished.

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Step 1: Materials used

MDF, 3/4 inch sheets cut and glued with woodglue to make stock

Endlighten Acrylic .157 inch thick

1/8 inch acrylic, white

LED strips, warm white 600

LED connectors

Wall power

tin foil, soldering wire, shrink tubing

#3 bolts and nuts

Cork weatherstripping

Steel wool

sandpaper

Red spraypaint

Dust mask, eye protection, latex gloves

Acrylic cement, syringes

Beeswax

Wood dowels, scrap wood

Tools used:

Fusion 360 and Illustrator

Band saw, table saw

Epilog laser cutter and Coherent metabeam cutter

DMS 5 axis router

Heat gun, soldering iron, dremel

Vacuum former

Strap and trigger clamps

Hand sander, sanding wheel

chisel and mallet

drill, screwdrivers, drill press

Full tutorial


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