2. Digital Bodies#


from Fabricademy website:

“Use various softwares and mobile applications to obtain a body-figure
and a digital fabrication process to produce it”

A. References#

This week, I stayed pretty true to my original idea.
I wanted my mannequin to be more than a decoration, by having a function too. A simple function.
The idea of a lamp came from my initial brainstorm.
The actual design came later…

Victoria Modesta | Mannequin lamp by Aiden J Barry

“Exposure” Anthony Gormley | “The Rape of the Sabine Women” Urs Fischer | Me in Medellin, Colombia with Botero’s “Dog” sculpture

B. Design Process#

How do you create unity?#

What do you want to express artistically?#

What do you want to express functionally?#

Step 1: Download MakeHuman, Slicer, and Rhino softwares. Get introduced to the MakeHuman software.#

Part of the image output from Scanect

Step 2: Make mannequin in MakeHuman#

Final human figure

Step 3: Import mannequin from MakeHuman into Rhino#

Step 4: Learn how to cut my mannequin in Rhino#

Complete mannequin imported from MakeHuman on left, and beginning to make cuts on mannequin on right

Testing out different ways to cut my mannequin

Final cut of mannequin bust

Step 5: “Project” my design onto mannequin in Rhino#

Initial hole pattern

Extruding the curves to make hollow holes

Final version in “Wireframe” view, rotated accurately in preparation to import into Slicer

Step 6: Import mannequin from Rhino into Slicer#

Step 7: Revert mannequin back to how it was before (with no holes) and import it into Slicer again#

From many, many parts and sheets…

To fewer parts and sheets. The final mannequin design has 13 pattern pieces on 6 sheets.

Step 8: “Get Plans” for pattern pieces#

Pattern pieces will be exported to your computer as a zip file

Step 9: Import plans into Rhino#

Step 10: Export the pattern to the laser cutter for printing#

Now time to assemble!

Step 11: Assemble mannequin#


- clear one-sided tape#

- scissors#

- ruler#

- lamp#

Day 1: Assembled the base

Day 2: Torso and back constructed

Day 3: Shoulders, clavicle, and neck completed

Touch-ups were done a few days later. I reinforced open seams with more tape, cut a hole in the bottom of the left leg, and inserted a lamp.


- Slicer file
- Rhino file

C. Reflections on Digital Bodies Assignment#

Sustainability & Design Criteria#

The criteria for the mannequin competition:
[x] functional
[x] lightweight
[ ] easy to assemble
[x] artistic

My design met all but one of the criteria, and I believe it is a strong contender for the competition.

In addition to it being aestethically and functionally realized, it is also very low waste and cost.

This mannequin requires only a few, simple materials to construct. It can be easily assembled with tape by 2 individuals.

How were the objectives accomplished?#

We were introduced to various techniques for:

Problems with assignment#

Weekly schedule#

Tues, Oct 2
- Lecture on Digital Bodies by Anastasia
- Introduction to MyHuman by Clara

Wed, Oct 3
- Experiment with different types of scanning technology
- Introduction to Rhino
- Finish MyHuman model

Thurs, Oct 4
- Input MyHuman into Rhino
- Work with Rhino
- Input Rhino model into Slicer
- Attended Rhino 101 Tutorial

Fri, Oct 5
- Continue working with Slicer and Rhino - Attempt to print my mannequin

Sat, Oct 6 - DAY OFF

Sun, Oct 7
- Documentation

Mon, Oct 8
- Input Slicer model into laser cutter
- Assemble my mannequin

Tues, Oct 9
- Present mannequin to class

Lecture reflections#

“Digital Bodies” presented by Anastasia Pistofidou, Fabricademy Instructor
Lecture 2

Subject Matter:

My Lecture Highlights: