A Voiding the Hub
We've been living with Monster for a while now. As I've been thinking about new directions to explore with light sculptures (primarily making use of TIN TOY hubs http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:166730
) something was nagging at me whenever I looked at Monster. This morning I got it. Lose the hub! It's not needed. If you look at the attached pictures you will see that the structure is built without hubs, just spokes and faces.
What occurred to me this morning is that all that is needed for a building toy system that can be used to produce almost any shape imaginable is cardboard, hinge pieces, some glue and wood dowels. It's inexpensive, sustainable, and versatile; and all made possible by a voiding the hub. The hinge pieces can be easily 3D printed, the faces can be hand cut or precision cut with a laser printer or CNC machine.
Soon after having this little epiphany the following tweet popped up in my twitter stream. A nice nugget supporting my confirmation bias that I'm onto something here. :)
Yes, it is important to see clearly what is there. But it is also important to see clearly what isn't there.