03 Molding+Casting (Book Pocket)

1/4″ end mill. without roughing (Since the depth isn’t as deep as to need roughing) = 1hr 10min’s of milling process.

*Took a while to mill because I didn’t go through the roughing process.

Sanding & Gesso Covering.

Soap Covering.

Applying Oomoo 25 for the Cast Holder.

Uneven distribution of Oomoo due to lack of material.

*I was running out of Oomoo so I had to pour three different materials within an approximate time interval of 30minutes. The first mix was 1)Oomoo 25, 2) Mold Star 15, 3) Oomoo 25 with higher proportion of the blue bottle. The first pour turned out to dry well but the mix that was poured later didn’t dry completely until the last day of class-2weeks after the fabrication (Jan. 28th 2011). I’m still not sure whether it was the mix between the pours  or the proportion of the original mix(yellow bottle and the blue bottle) that made the product moist the whole time.

Status after one night. The bottom part was completely dry but the part that had leftovers mixed together didn’t turn out to be in good status.

Pocket to be inserted.

Pouring Smooth-Cast 300 into the pocket.

Tear due to uneven distribution and mixing the two different materials.

(ex. Oomoo25 + Moldstar 15)

Front poche.

Back poche.

PMC 121/30 status after 1 day.

*The bottom part didn’t get molded properly so I had to mold another one. 

Edge Cleaning.

Final Product.

4.196 Special Problems in Architectural Design Complete Fabrications Nick Gelpi Mon-Fri, Jan 5-7, 10-11, 13-14, 18, 20-21, 24-25, 27-28, 01-04:00pm, 3-402/7-432studio, 1st mtg Wed 1/5 Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class. No listeners Prereq: Permission of instructor ; Yr-1 MArch students who have completed 4.123 only Level: H 9 units Standard A - F Grading Can be repeated for credit Lab Fee: 150 A comprehensive introduction to methods of “making” explored through a wide range of brief but focused exercises. Skills = developing complex geometries from flat components; fine-tuning press fit construction, molding and casting, and making repeatable molds for customization. A two-part workshop, the first half will contextualize contemporary tools and techniques within the trajectories of historical case studies of building, combined with hands on familiarization of tools. The second half will implement the tools of our workshop in the context of Design. Working on group design build process for three MIT 150 FAST installations, students will test and influencing designs through the instrumentality of production. These hands-on design build projects are intended to produce reciprocity between skills and design, making more complete the problems of fabrication. Subject limited to year-one MArch students who have completed core-1 studio. Contact: Nick Gelpi, 9-224, 253-9415, -


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