ANDREA LOCATELLI
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2015, Ross Lovegrove

These unique pieces are designed for a private commission and they are made out of solid aluminium.  The concept investigates a series of 3D textures and finishing. A custom made script can adapt infinitely and interactively to ensure that the topology of each piece is always obtained from a ball-nose end mill with a given diameter.  Since all you need is just a single tool we generate a fast, optimised and therefore cost-effective machining process. The script also allows an automated pre-polishing process for the best result in the final blasting.  Here the prototyping went beyond the design intent, having me involved in providing and testing the machining tool path data.

Some of the textures were prototyped in partnership with Neal Feay - California  


Team: Ross Lovegrove, Andrea Locatelli