Reflect on at least three takeaways that you learned from creating your project.
- Learned how to use Rhino
- Rhino being an unfamiliar software, I struggled to make plane parts. But through learning my mistake, I was able to get comfortable with the basics of Rhino.
- Learned how to use the laser cutter
- Although not certified, I learned how to laser cut with the help of teachers and Peter.
- I learned the importance of taking from another perspective.
- I learned this lesson through my coaches and my partner. With feedbacks, I think we were able to incorporate new unique ideas people proposed.
Explain what was difficult for you during this process and why.
Like I said in the last section, using Rhino was the hardest for me. With our material mainly coming from wood, it was up to me to effectively create the plane parts. With "complicated" tools, I always needed help on how to use the tool. With limited time in every class, I was slowing our pace. Now, I think I mastered the basic tools of Rhino.
Talk about feedback that you received and how you were able to incorporate that into your process.
Andrew and I mainly focused on John's feedback. The second time we met John, we proposed our prototype idea. Our prototype at the time represented fluttering by having the wing flap, just like a bird. After hearing our presentation, he corrected us and further explained how fluttering was caused. He even drew a picture to help us understand. After our second meet, we decided to change our representation of the fluttering completely. We came with a fantastic idea where we represented air pressure through our hands, thus giving a better interacting tactile experience. In conclusion, with John's feedback, we were able to represent fluttering more accurately. More information on our project page