Day 1: Introductory Lecture
author: Reuben Smith, Tumblehome Boatshop
recorded by: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
published: Oct. 17, 2008, recorded: January 2007, views: 5005
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- 9:30-11:00: Morning Introduction and Shop Safety Rules
- 11:00-11:30: Primer on Course
o Define Goals of Class
- To give Students Experience in an Early Boat Design Technology, from Carving a Half-model by Eye, and then Translating that Shape into a Lines Plan which can be Analyzed, and then Developed into Building Plan
- To give Students Experience in Understanding how Early Design Techniques Worked to Refine design by Intuition and "Boat Sense"
- Half Model a Readily Recognized and Interpretable Representation of the Performance of the Boat
- Beyond Simple Esthetic.
- A Trained Eye, Experience Sailor/Designer/Builder Could Look at Form and Consider it in a Dynamic State, Using Mind as Computational Tool to Understand How Features of the form Assimilate
- Process of Developing Lines More Opportunity to Refine the Shape
- Process of Lofting Yet Another Opportunity to Refine Form
- Essential that the Modeller Always Remain Skeptical and Critical of the Shape Their Creating
- To Give Students an Awareness of How Design Methods Can Limit and Enable Development
- Development of Half Model Designing Techniques, Replacing Whole Molding and Rule of Thumb Design, Opened up Hull Design Development Once Adopted
- System of Lifting Lines, Creating Lines Plan, and Lofting Allowed for Scientific Analysis of Hull, as well as Allowing Designer to Exert Great Influence on the Final Product
- But the System has Many Shortcomings: Time-consuming, Bad for Asymmetic Hulls, etc.
- What are Advantages and Shortcomings of CAD?
o Define Process of Class: Design your own Boat by Carving Half-model, Create Lines, Analyze Lines
- Goal is to Use the Half-model Method to Explore an Idea of a Design
- Show How the Half-model Design Process is Iterative, and How Ideas are Refined Each Step of Process - How Thoughtfulness and Awareness of Process at Every Step Influences Outcome
- Grade Based on How Well the Students Use the Method to Challenge their Own Assumptions and Develop their Ideas
- Requirements are Attendance and Participation. Morning Lectures Every Day at 10:00 AM, Presence Required
- Morning Lecture
o Brief Overview of History of Boat Design Techniques
o Give Basics on How the Form of a Half-model is Translated into Something that Can be Built From.
- My Jig
- Herreshoff Methods
- Mawing Model, Separating Lifts
o Begin Process, Going Around the Room and Extemporizing, of Developing Ideas for Design. Encourage Students to Start with, then Challenge, their Own Assumptions
- Type of Boat
- Use of Boat
- Power of Boat
- Develop Idea of Essention Lines to Start With
- Explain Usefulness of Different Sheer Shapes
- Bow Lines
- Stern Shapes
- Basically Do What we Can to Prime the Class to Make the Most of the Visit to the Model Room
- 1:00-1:30: Lunch-advise People to Bring Lunch
- 1:30-3:30: Getting Started on Designs
o Go to Half Model Room
- Once Back, Begin Developing Essential Lines, Drawn onto the Blocks of Wood
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