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Watch a short film of the building of the 1:1 prototype!

A long hard day of work paid off! The 1:1 prototype was a great success!

Morning of the day of the build. The pieces were brought to the courtyard for more space.

Check out the slideshow for the building process from start to finish!

A new method of gluing the fins together was needed. This method involved making a set jig that clamps the fins together. This set piece of equiptment was more reliable in producing a perfect outcome each time. This rationalised the process of gluing and also saved space as it allowed us to stack the fins one ontop of the other.

Success!

To glue the fins together, batons were laid out on the floor to level out the surface. The fins were then laid on top and glued together. Hand clamps and G-clamps were applied to hold and secure the fins together in key points. Sand bags were then placed ontop to add weight and ensure the fins were glued together tightly.

This method of gluing the fins together however was not successful. It involved too many processes and variables so the outcome was not reliable.

A 1:1 prototype of part of the structure is being CNC’d and built this week. For more photos, check out the album on flickr.

Follow our progress by checking the blog daily!

For more photos of the making and finished 1:1 prototype of the skin, check out the album on flickr!

For more photos of the prototyping of the 1:3, check out the album on flickr!

For more photo’s of the prototyping of the 1:10 model, check out the album on flickr!