While in Scotland for my study abroad, I have really grown as a designer and student. I’ve gained an incredible amount of confidence in Model making, which was my number one goal in coming here. I’ve learned how to set up laser cutter files to build my models as well as used AutoCad, and the Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign suite to a larger capacity than before. The confidence I have gained will suit me well going into my final year at UNCG and beyond in whatever field I obtain employment in.
Over the past few weeks, I have been involved in designing a final project in my Architecture Studio at the University of Strathclyde – Glasgow. I will upload my designs once they are complete (along with an explanation of what they are) but I wanted to showcase my models that I’ve completed building today. These images are my building in process and you will see two models. The first one is made of Acrylic. I’ve never built with Acrylic before and was excited to try it. I had it laser cut and put it together with a liquid called Plastic Melt. It basically welds the pieces of plastic/acrylic together to form quite a tight bond. The design includes having the interior floor plan etched into the acrylic floors for each level. I am pretty proud of how it turned out!
The second model is made of wood and it is a model I decided to redo from my first project in North Berwick. All of the buildings are to scale now to eachother and it really went together smoothly. I had to re-cut the roof since it was the wrong size initially, but I’m happy with it.
Considering I have never prepared files for the laser cutter prior to this semester, or put together a model out of acrylic, I am thrilled with the end result.