Inspired by the intricate network of transistors and interconnects on a microprocessor, I created an abstracted model of a computer chip at three different scales as an exploration of scale and spatial interaction.
I started by sketching and studying the way that transistors are laid out and work on a computer chip. After doing some reading, I jumped right into creating physical prototypes to represent my object.
Early laser-cut wood models.
I decided to go ahead with one of the models I created, after I decided it was more representative of the way that transistors are structured. The preliminary wooden model served as my reference from the mid-sized model. The project’s objective was then to create a model 10x smaller and 10x larger. Due to the tiny size of the smaller model, I knew that 3D printing would probably be the most efficient and high-fidelity way to create the model.
I modeled my object in SolidWorks to be around 0.75 inches in both width and length, and went through a few trials of printing it on a SLA 3D printer.
A first trial run of the 3D print with the supports. (Please ignore the paint on my fingernail!)
I also got started on my large model, which would turn out to be four feet by four feet. I dimensioned each