|Above: the design photoframe shown with stands|
Background: As part of the this annual display at our school we have traditionally had a photographic display. To enhance the presentation of the photographs, which have traditionally been presented stapled to the wall, the school made the decision to print frames for the photographs, using the Schools Laser Cutter. Once the frame had been created we needed to find a way to have the photograph stand for display purposes. Initially we searched for a basic stand, relative to the size of a regular photograph, that would be able to use to have it stand up. Once we had the frame produced it became obvious that two of the stands would
Level of Difficultly: Low - this was a free sourced design that we needed to produce in large numbers in a relatively short timeframe. As a result of this the usual process of prototyping and problem solving was not completed. We ideally would have liked the opportunity to produce original work - but it was not feasible.
Timeframe: Each of the inidividual stands have a forty minute timeframe to complete, obviously multiplied by the number of stands required. The stands themselves are hollow as can be seen in the photograph shown on the left.
What would we do differently/next steps for students:
We had a very short time frame to complete the design and produce the stand. In normal process we would undertake a significant amount of testing and checking relative to the strength of the 3D Print to achieve the best result for the size of the print - in this case it was not possible. We also allowed the studenst to have some freedom with the width and height of the laser cut design, and while this was produced in MDF Wood, so it was relatively light, it also meant that producing a stand was challenging.