KinematicLute was made as part of the Orpheus and Eurydice: Electromechanical Redux show at the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia. Don't be fooled; the KinematicLute doesn't actually have any moving components unless you count how the colors move form chord to chord. This colorful light fixture's design was based off wind chimes and consists of fifty-three acrylic rods stuck into 3D printed ABS shell. Essentially, the hanging lute lights up its chords and plays music in response to button presses on the remote control.
As the mechanical engineer, I worked to design and fabrication of the lute and remote control. I formed the shell out of six 3D printed parts and formed the halves using my special paste (mixed ABS & acetone). After a bit of testing, I decided to sand the acrylic chords with a combination of 600 and 1200 grit sandpaper as it resulted in a nice solid shine through the rods.
Collaborators: Alfredo Muniz, Nick LaBarbera, Nino Amazzurco