Laser Cut Buckyfullerene

Introduction to Fabrication

14 Nov 2018

This week I continued with my obsession with the buckysphere geometry. It has become my white whale this semester. After experimenting with different ways of forming them I still have not exactly solved this puzzle but this week I got closer.

Materials:

The assignment was to use the laser cutter and I thought that having a computer aid would help me make my polygons since I could cut with precision. I purchased a 12x12” hobby pine from Blicks and used my previous templates to cut out the shapes I would need. 12 pentagons and 20 hexagons, 32 shapes total.

picture of lasercutting pineboard

Last week I made wire armatures, but to mydismay many of them had become misshapen from my locker, and they were too imperfect to use as an armature.

picture of armature not fitting I decided to use some of my leftover wire to build supports for the shapes. I cut pieces of wire and used tape in the interior as supports.

picture of interior armature I then glued the shapes together in pieces.

Finished:

picture of finished pine buckysphere

While this attempt has been better than previous ones, there are still some gaps in the final shape. The pieces fit together in a very precise way so any mistaken angle will come back to wreak havoc in the final fitment.

The next step I want to do is to use wood putty to fill the cracks and paint the sphere.

Until next time.

   __/  \__
  /  \__/  \
  \__/  \__/
  /  \__/  \
  \__/  \__/
     \__/