Rotomold

A DIY rotomold machine I created to explore the limits of concrete with the intent to create hallow forms.

Abstract |  A machine is limited in its capacity by the material of its parts and the intent of is function. Expressing the limit of its utility infers its identity as a machine without directly describing its usefulness.

Parti | As machines develop or advance, the limitation of its parts serve to focus its utility and what purposes it may serve. As this is true for the machine; so to can it be said about a person. Develop the man and his ability is expanded. Hone his skills and he will become a master. But in the end he has limits and although a master he is still only human. However take his trade and he will become ignorant to his own skills.

Process | Although the design problem was to just develop a machine, it quickly expanded into deeper meaning for myself.  While developing the machine I found myself struggling with traditional methods vs modern fabrication technology. Both have trade offs, pros and cons however the inherent aesthetics started becoming somewhat steampunk in nature and directed me to take an older approach.  I tend to avoid the term steampunk because I feel most steampunk objects violate the truth in their function. Regardless it was my intent to find a middle ground for this project. I have always been fascinated in turn-of-the-century technology and is in many ways why the machine resembles something of another era.

Solution | Through the lenses of social and philosophical issues of man-and-machine as described in the abstract, this particular project became more than the sum of its parts. In short it became a reflection of conditions and issues I believe are still not resolved from the industrial revolution.The machine is modern in its fabrication however the objects the machine creates is still rooted in the methods of the past. The eighth inch plywood is cut using a CNC Laser, and has material tolerances less than one-hundredth of an inch. The molds that sit within the machine are also made with a CNC machine but again the methods creating the object, rotational molding, have been in existence for decades.