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I’d love to help with any spatial layout work if required. I’m good with 2D and 3D CAD design. I am studying interior architecture and design so I’m pretty good at designing good layouts that function well etc
I’ll keep an eye out for how you progress with this. Best of luck with it. This would work for my chair design. I am trying to see if it is possible to make fairly large plastic sheets to use for side cladding.
Thanks for sharing your ideas. The heat press idea is an interesting one although I was trying to avoid using non-plastic materials. This could still be an option though. I have currently shown the sheets as 20mm (like you say, quite thick to support the weight) and I did assume that they would be moulded as I’ve seen on some Precious Plastics videos. I’m not sure if anyone has moulded sheets at this size before though.
Just for the record, I don’t have any facilities to build this, I just wanted to contribute some ideas for discussion and for others to perhaps try building if they found the ideas useful.
Hi Anris :o)
I think in the GIF above it looks like it has a steel frame. I’m still working on this and adapting it before submitting it for my uni project. I actually envisioned the entire thing being made from plastic. This is still very much an idea for prototyping but I tried to design it with simplicity of construction in mind and as few materials as possible.
I was planning on it having plastic extrusions for the frame and then wrap it in plastic cladding plates.
Currently I have shown the side panels as 1020mm x 755mm and about 20mm thick. I’m not sure if anyone can make the panels that large but I have seen some examples of fairly large panels being made. I’m also a little unsure just how strong the plastic framework would be and if it would require additional support. Currently I have shown 50x50mm extrusions.
Great work so far, I will be keeping an eye out on this thread to see how your machinery and processes progress. :o) I hope setting up your workshop in Tallinn is the start of something new and exciting for you.
Hi, thanks for your comments. The design would be quite light weight plastic so if anything fell down it you could move the chair and pick it up I should think.
The assemby as I’ve shown it is quite simple, only using M6 screws and drilling threaded holes the plastic peices to recieve the screws. I have seen people making big plastic plates with the interesting patterns like the ones I’ve used in my above visual.
I thought this type of design would be good to show off the nice patterns of the plastic plates without being overly complicated to build and using only plastic plates and extrusions. I also showed some chair pads that could be made from plastic bags with a filling inside them. I saw a video of someone making tote bags from recycled plastic bags, I thought something similar could work here.
I have a lot more info regarding the design which I can upload soon if anyone is interested to see more of it. I just wanted to initially see if anyone thought this might be a realistic design to build in the real world. I could re-work the connection details etc if required in order to make it have less fixings.
I am actually still working on my final presentation for this for uni but I have been putting together a WordPress blog to track the project if you would like a look: