I made this ship for Russian artist, Alexander Ponomarev. The final product was covered in faux-finished sheet metal to resemble a battered old ice breaker ship. The interior structure however is pertinent to housing so I thought I would include it on this site.
Here’s a series of diagrams about how you’d adapt this boat assembly method to a seed-pod-house. These are very preliminary but illustrate the concepts.
A curvaceous hull shape was imported into AutoDesk’s MeshMixer software.
I performed some basic mods like: turning it to a solid, trimming it down, hollowing it out and setting the wall and base thicknesses. From there it was sent to AutoDesk’s 123D Make software. This software is for doing desktop constructions and small scale laser cut things. You can however bump the settings through the roof and make massive objects. 123D Make converted this organic hull form into a ribbed structure and exported it as a DXF. Since all the pieces were too big for regular 4×8′ sheets of ply, I had to manually chop up all the pieces and stagger them using SketchUp. 123D Make’s nesting algorithm is really shoddy too, so its always necessary to use an external software to compact them properly.
Here’s some assembly diagrams:
The structure was curious because it naturally created a lot of seating and shelves. There is a large bench at the base, and you can sit comfortably 3-4 ribs high. We were watching movies in here and it had cozy amphitheater quality.
A big panorama of my fellow builders in the construction:Designing anchors for the boat. They ended up too small, but I told them that I’m from Nebraska and know nothing of nautical culture.Carving in foam