Skills Week Spring 2019

Final Presentation - Jacob and Rosa

Rosa Boehm and Jacob Fishman
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Day 3 Blog Post

James Pickar
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Today we made precise measurements for the linkages and laser them out of cardboard. We attached them and they work well. We then started work on a cloth cover for the handles and an acrylic flame for the mouth.

How to setup the new cloud

Saeed Arida
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How to setup the NuVu Cloud

All users can use NuVu's cloud service to share files for lasercutting and between collaborators. There are two options for accessing NextCloud, on the Web or through a client. Using the desktop client is preferable, but if you have issues, the web client works as well.

Web Client

  1. Navigate to
  2. Use your login info for (your email and your NuVu password)
  3. Create a new folder called "laser_your name" under "Nextcloud"
  4.  Click on the share iconfor the folder, choose "share with Nextcloud" and share it with the user name provided by your Coach.
    • If you are at NuVu Cambridge, share with "lasercutter". 
  5. That will create a copy of your laser cutter folder in the laser cutter computer.

Desktop Client

  1. Download next cloud using the addresses below:
    mac client
    windows client
  2. Double click on the file to install Nextcloud. 
  3. For the server, enter:
  4. For logging in, use your login info for (your email and your NuVu password)
  5. Accept the default settings by clicking on "Connect"
  6. On the next screen, click "Open Local Folder" This is where the NuVu cloud will sync to your machine.
  7. After the installation is complete, go to Finder and create a new folder called "laser_your name" under "Nextcloud"
  8. Right click on that folder, choose "share with Nextcloud" and share it with the following users:
    • If you are at NuVu main space, share with "lasercutter". 
    • If you are at MIT, share with "NuVuMIT"
  9. That will create a link to your laser cutter folder in the laser cutter computer. 


Daily Sketch 2 - Shoe

James Pickar
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Day 2 Blog Post

James Pickar
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Today we started by making a second Prototype of the bottle squeezer. For full info on that please see the posts below. We then shifted our focus to our idea to make the wire strippers into a shadow puppet. We spent the remaining time creating a prototype mechanism for a tongue.

Windows Command Interface

Andrew Todd Marcus
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Mac Command Interface

Andrew Todd Marcus

Platform Photo Editor

Andrew Todd Marcus
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Concave Mirror - Anish Kapoor - 2010 MoMA

Aaron Laniosz
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Anish Kapoor (British (born India) 1954)
Date: 2007
Medium: Stainless steel
Dimensions: 89 3/4 x 89 1/4 x 16 1/2 in. (228 x 226.7 x 41.9 cm)

Created for public interaction and engagement with the surrounding space, this sculpture draws the viewer in with its refined surface and startling optical effects of depth and dimension. From a body of Kapoor's work of mirrorlike pieces that reflect or distort the viewer and the surroundings and suggest the notion of continuous space, it offers a dazzling experience of light and a startling optical effect. Deeply rooted metaphysical polarities are at play in Kapoor's work: presence and absence, being and nonbeing, solidity and intangibility, and he draws on both Western and Eastern cultures for inspiration. His intention to engage the viewer and provoke a physical and visceral response is achieved in this reflective sculpture with its faceted facade that fuses the work, the viewer, and the environment into one pixelated, constantly fluctuating mosaic.

The distance and angle that one stands from the mirror's surface affects how the image of the viewer is reflected. This is a very interesting work of art in that it brings the curiosity out in the viewer and creates a dance-like interaction with the sculpture, as one's tendency is to move around in front of the piece to see how that changes one's perception of it. The viewer can actually "create" their own visual experience based on how they stand and move in front of the mirrors.


Saba Ghole and Andrew Todd Marcus


What is a Precedent?

A precedent is a project done in the real world that can be used to help explain some of the ideas that will be covered in the studio or project. Students should locate and critically evaluate precedents and demonstrate how the content of the relate to their projects. 

Precedents generally fall into a number of categories - conceptual, aspirational, and comparable. 

  • Conceptual precedents explore ideas related to the  studio through critical analysis  of a wide range of largely art-based projects. 
  • Aspirational precedents look at cutting-edge or futurist implementation of technology as related to the studio topic. 
  • Comparable precedents look at nascent or current projects, often in the marketplace, that relate to the theme of the studio at a design and technological level that students can reasonably achieve within the course of the Studio. 

Through a critical analysis and melding of these categories, students can develop ideas for creative and technical innovations based on an expansive understanding of the theme.

What Makes a Good Precedent?

  • Meaningful
    • Provides a rich social, historical or cultural context
    • Highlight examples of current relevant projects
  • Inspiring & Exciting
    • Shows a novel approach
    • Shows a novel design solution
    • Exposes students to concepts, projects, and research that they are unaware of.
    • Helps generate conversation about the studio topic early in the research and brainstorming process.
  • Focused
    • Shows a novel technical, functional, or mechanical application
    • Shows a conceptual application
  • Guiding
    • Shows students options, avenues, and principles at any point during the design process.  Precedents are useful throughout the studio, not just at the beginning.

Posting Precedents

A precedent can be a video or a series of images. Image posts should have a Title and Caption on every slide.

Every Precedent should include the following in the body of the post:

  • The name of the project/device/object/installation/book etc and the name of the creator.
  • A source link to the original content.
  • A reason why the precedent is  it is applicable to the project.
  • Analysis (if appropriate) of the precedent. This can be technical or conceptual. 


Please see examples below.