Assignment 7: Marieke Van Der Maelen & Alexander Michael Wang
Mechanics of Parasite Babies:
The “Parent” parasite is similar to a torus, but unlike one, it has a sealed end to it. The babies are fairly simple wedges. Although the movement seems incredibly simple, the pressuring of these parts against each other are extremely choreographed. It took more than a few attempts to get the results we were looking for through manual control of air pressure. The position of the wedges were also crucial. They were staggered, which allowed for more lateral travel. If they hadn’t been staggered, then the pressure forces would’ve canceled each other out, and nothing would’ve popped out of the end of the “parent” piece. The inflation sequence is as follows: outer baby parasite inflated, inner baby parasite inflated along with parent parasite inflated. Because the parent parasite wasn’t completely inflated at the beginning, the inner baby parasite was able to inflate. Otherwise, the two bags would be pushing against each other as opposed to creating lateral force.
We built off of each other’s ideas. We spent time doing a lot of material exploration. When ideas didn’t pan out with the materials we had, we either jumped to another iteration or another design. We were able to build off of our original idea as well as gather new research on material properties from failed prototypes. We attempted to not over-complicate the design of the parasite as we wanted to showcase the ‘eating’ mechanism of the parasitic parent. We learned a lot about each other! We were able to apply critical thinking and challenged each other’s ideas without completely knocking them down. In short, we built off of each other’s iterations.
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