A fab lab (fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop offering (personal) digital fabrication. A fab lab is typically equipped with an array of flexible computer-controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make "almost anything".
The FAB Lab and the Department of Art and Art History are pleased to present a new project commencing in the Geodesic Dome at the Visual Arts Building- running from March 15th -30th. The project, entitled Polargraph, is the work of Martin Mendoza, Spencer Schaffer, Maria Renteria and Bobby Hartsock, all specialists working in the FAB Lab on the CSUB campus. The technical and geometric complexity of the Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Dome installed at Visual Arts inspired the team lead, Bobby Hartsock, to have the idea of mounting this large-scale project there. He describes the project:
“The Polargraph is a vertical drawing machine that uses a pen suspended by two chains from the top corners of the drawing surface. A motor in each upper corner reels in or lets out chain to move the pen across the surface. Due to the design, the machine draws images using sweeping arcs instead of straight lines. It's drawing surface is 3 full sheets of plywood making it 8 feet tall and 12 feet wide, one of the largest of its kind. At it's maximum resolution, a single drawing would likely take close to two months to complete. A single color is drawn at a time, but full color images can be produced by drawing the image four times with Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black pens. This process, however, takes 4 times longer, and the full color effect is only visible when standing back away from the image. This project will be done in one color.”
The Department of Art and Art History and the FAB Lab welcome everyone to come see the Polargraph in action. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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