Various rapid prototyping processes and a range of more traditional model making techniques were combined to produce this intricate prototype flute holder for Tord Boontje. The oval base and sweeping conical support was created by Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), which provided strength whilst accurately forming the sweeping curves and mathematical parabolic surfaces. The polished clear ice bucket was formed by Stereolithography (SLA) using Somos WaterShed® resin, then hand finished to a crystal clear surface and lacquered. The stems and branches were hand-worked from lengths of high-quality brass around a series of formers to create the elegant and composed arrangement of flute-holders. To these were soldered machined and acid-etched brass flower work and leaves.
At Amalgam we make full use of a wide range of rapid prototyping processes to create our models and prototypes, but projects like this remind us of the importance of traditional hand-working techniques and an understanding of design. While some prototypes and models can be machined and fabricated incredibly quickly using the tools and processes we have available, it does us well to be reminded that sometimes, the best tools are your eyes and hands, particularly when the design requires a sense of craftsmanship.