Y.S.Lee

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Helping people cross the gap

For this design, I applied hand gestures to spoons. Before making actual-size kitchen utensils, I first made three palm size spoons for experimental purpose from my own hand. These would be my prototypes. I mixed dental-use ceramic powder with cold water to form a paste. After covering my hand with the mixture, I layered a second coat with the same powder but this time with warm water.  When I was able to remove my palm from the mixture, I wrapped the model up with gesso swab and left it to dry out completely. After that, I poured in lazurite resin into the three models and waited a few days.

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Since my initial idea was to design real-size palm-shaped spoons for daily use, I again used 3D printing and lost-wax casting techniques to bring my creativity to life. However, it was not as easy as I expected. 3D scanners could not get a good mesh of my prototypes. I had to cut the front part of my model open to perform a proper and successful scan. Moreover, I also had to mix and match my design with various spoon handles to find the best proportion. After finding the best size for the palm-shaped spoon, I melt off the wax from the model and poured in metal. 

 

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In the future, I would like to design more utensils and use more 3D printing materials such as aluminum, brass and silver for this particular design.