Quasicrystal framework factory

Steps to build quasicrystal frameworks.
1. Find a fabrication lab in your community which has a laser cutter. If you are in Urbana-Champaign you can go the CU Fab lab .
2. Decide wether you are using cardboard or acrylic tu build your models. If you use cardboard make sure it is somewhat sturdy. If you decide to use acrylic, here are some ideas on what types to use.
You can go to Inventables to order the acrylic sheets you want to use. Some recommendations for buying the acrilic are the following:

  1. Make sure the acrylic's thickness is 1/16in. This ensures the rods are sturdy enough and they don't bend. If you are working on a table this won't matter too much but if you want to hang up your framework for display, having thinner acrylic will make your framework bend.
  2. For the rods I suggest you use opaque acrylic and for the faces I suggest you use translucent. Having translucent acrylic makes the shadow of your framework be of different colors.
3. Once you have the acrylic(or cardboard) sheets for the rods and rhombi, use the template files to cut the acrylic(or cardboard) with a laser cutter.
To experiment with the rigidity problem it is not strictly necessary that you print the rhombic faces. You can use extra rods to brace faces by introducing a diagonal rod to any given face of the framework.
4. Get some screws that fit in the punched wholes of the vertices of the rods and build any framework you wish to experiment with. The screws should be around 1/8 inches in diameter for the joints and 1/16 inches in diameter for the midpoint holes. The midpoints are used to attach the rhombic faces with screws.
5. Get ready to do some rigidity experiments at the rigidity lab.

Some rigidity experiments

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