Virus

Description

The virus model was initially based on glass sculptures created by Luke Jerram. The project was limited to requiring 20 iterative design elements. These elements were experimented and re-evaluated in a plugin called Grasshopper for Rhinoceros 3D modeling software. Using the Grasshopper plugin I was able to create algorithmic patterns constructed from modified code of spirals and random point generators. Originally it was to be symmetrical but instead is given a more natural feel by appearing to sprout out in many directions.

After completing a rendered copy of the model it was produced using a Formagia laser sintering system to 3D print the object. The size came to be 150mm x 150mm x 1500mm or around the volume of a tennis ball.

References
http://www.grasshopper3d.com/forum/topics/create-spiral-from-point
Luke Jerram. Glass Microbiology. http://www.lukejerram.com/glass/
Voronoi Sphere. http://www.grasshopper3d.com/forum/topics/voronoi-sphere

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