Final Photos.
Second Skin.

Photographs of the final ‘second skin’ proposal. 


Using a mold of my ear, I was able to determine the ideal form of the design. Once 3D printed, the pieces were able to be bent (using a hair-dryer) to show that the design shapes around the topography of the ear.

I wanted the device to be portrayed as a contemporary piece of jewelry, so I decided to present the design in a laser-cut box to give context to the design.It was my first time engraving text on the laser-cutter, + overall loved the result. The box took a bit of time to construct, as a lot of sanding needed to be done to get rid of the charred edges. The wood - pine ply - was bowed, so this made construction harder… nothing a lot of PVA and masking tape can’t solve! It is the idea that the model be presented on the ear mold within the right side of the box, and a small booklet on the design placed within the left to create one, well-executed design presentation.

The next photos show the rubber components of the design being dyed (to be inserted within the first 3D prints to give texture, acting as the ‘buttons’ of the device). Black clothing dye powder was dissolved in hot water, + the rubber parts left to soak for 15 minutes.

With all of the main components completed, the 3D printed pieces were then silver-plated (final photo) to enhance the futuristic appeal of the design. All that’s left to do is put all the components together, and take final photographs.

Concept + Inspiration. 

Here are very rough, initial drawings directly from my sketchbook. My concept for a ‘second skin’ proposes a contemporary ear-accessory that essentially acts as a ‘control panel’ for the eye. I’ve always wondered how awesome it would be to be able to take ‘mental images’ with the eye, as well as being able to zoom and focus on different things. This project aims to do this, with the idea that these images be physically copied to a micro-USB to be viewed on a computer later.

The photographs are inspiration for the project in terms of both form and aesthetic style.

Project 2b starts here. 
Second Skin.

The Second Skin asks me to apply a physiological design approach to create my own new anatomy. The outcome of this will be a fully functional, 3D printed model of the new anatomy. This can either be an extension of the body, or something to replace existing anatomy.

Here are initial investigations. 

Final Presentation//Perfect Fit.
Anatomical Tolerance. 

As the perfect fit ring will be sent off to Shapeways to be printed, renders of the ring were presented with the large + small fit rings. The idea is that the perfect fit ring derive from both the large + small, with two separate rings (each being the same colour + material as the large + small) fitting together + mimicking the true shape of my finger. The protrusions on the perfect fit rings were inspired by this true shape, by over-exaggerating the wider parts of my finger.

Final images of all three rings will be uploaded when the perfect fit ring has arrived.

Final Touches.

After being printed, clothing dye powder mixed with water was used to dye the large fit ring. Despite the similar aesthetics, the large fit will contrast the small fit in colour and size. The perfect fit, to be sent off to Shapeways, will aim to be a mid-point between the two and focus more on the true shape of my finger. 

Large + Small Fits.

Wanting to use the same aesthetic style for all rings, the large fit is physically big + technical in three dimensions. The intention is to dye this black to enhance these qualities. In contrast to this, the small fit ring maintains triangular forms but is simplified and sits as close as possible to the skin.


As I knew I wanted all three rings to have an architectural aesthetic, it was easier to develop these by modelling. Even though a bit ugly, modelling clay was initially used to generate forms. Moving on to paper models, the designs were able to be refined. Here are designs for the smallest + largest fit rings.

Finger Cast.

After moulding my right-hand ring finger, it could then be cut in to sections. These sections were then scanned + imported as sketches in to Solidworks + the rings designed around the true shape of my finger. 

Project 2a starts here.
Anatomical Tolerance.

This project asks us to design three rings; the smallest fit, the perfect fit, + the largest fit. By casting one of my fingers in plaster, the ‘true shape’ can be determined and each of the rings can then be designed. The idea is that the shape of our finger anatomy influence the design of the rings. Here are some initial inspirations on ring forms.