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.
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
tin foil, soldering wire, shrink tubing
#3 bolts and nuts
Dust mask, eye protection, latex gloves
Acrylic cement, syringes
Wood dowels, scrap wood
Fusion 360 and Illustrator
Band saw, table saw
Epilog laser cutter and Coherent metabeam cutter
DMS 5 axis router
Heat gun, soldering iron, dremel
Strap and trigger clamps
Hand sander, sanding wheel
chisel and mallet
drill, screwdrivers, drill press
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