Piecing It Together / Wk 8 / 3D Puzzle

GROUP
Jennifer Tis
Anne-Michelle Gallero

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IDEA
To create a 3D maze in the shape of a tree on either the 3D printer or on a wood panel using the CNC machine.

 

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INSPIRATION

WOODEN MAZE ON WESTWORLD

 

MORE EXAMPLES OF WOODEN PUZZLES

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PROCESS
1. After collecting some photos and links of 3d mazes and puzzles that we liked, we decided to continue with the maze idea as either a 3D printer object or using the CNC machine after seeing some examples of wooden mazes online.

2. Created a maze from a puzzle  generator online: mazegenerator

3. Started building the 3D version in Tinkercad and figured out that we could build the object in Illustrator and then import it in Tinkercad as a SVG file.


 
4. Initially, we were having problems importing the file because Tinkercad would disregard the complex shapes with grooves and simplify it into a filled-in piece. We needed to create the twists and turns of the shape as an object instead of a stroke. Attempted to rebuilt the maze from scratch in Illustrator to turn all the lines into a combined object (and not just lines).

 
5. Needed to find a simpler and faster solution of taking the stroke and turning it into an object… and after doing a google search, discovered “EXPAND.”  By applying the “EXPAND” feature in Illustrator, it turns the stroke into an object.
 
6. Importing the new SVG file into Tinkercad: The Tinkercad program still filed in the shape as a solid piece, so opened the SVF file in Fusion 360 and it maintained it’s original shape in there.


 
7. Next step will be to prototype and test the design on a 3D Printer.

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