Grasshopper + HandiBot + Glass


(Brian Gillespie) #1

A couple weeks ago, I spent two weeks with Tara Broyhill as artists in residence at the Pilchuck Glass School. Neither of us had ever worked in glass, but were invited to explore how generative design and digital fabrication can be used for art glass. Because we were going to be out in the woods, we needed portable equipment, and brought along a HandiBot to do the fabrication.

We originally set out to explore four-part molds as a way of making novel versions of optic and pineapple molds. We ended up making a couple variations of roll plates that added texture to the glass.

Here’s a short overview of what we did:

All the Grasshopper definitions and several of the models are at I’ll post more details about how those definitions work, as well as other projects we did, later in this thread.