Museum of Marine Life 2119 – Update NINE- Creature ONE process, part TWO

Creature ONE process, part TWO

Following the survey, this post will be about the process of making the octopus from start to end.

A render of all 3d printed parts below:

Timelapse (Part One)

These are the mechanisms used for triggering movements on the arms of the octopus. There are ball bearings which are used to reduce wear and tear when the sculpture is on exhibition and will be switched on for 2 weeks.

Other parts that the mechanism uses to push the arms

Timelapse (Part  Two)

Below is the part that holds the head of the octopus and underneath is a base that holds the mechanisms in Timelapse (Part One)

Part: Head slot + Eye/Tentacles joint + Arm joints 

After adding the glass dome to the body. The glass sphere will be the head of the octopus as the survey have shown that the head is translucent. This is the primary stage of the design where I started with the head and the body as it is the most described features. This part will also be joint to arms, eyes, legs and tentacles.

Timelapse (Part Three)

Adding the arms and motor to the whole assembly to the main structure

The mechanism in action below


Timelapse (Part Four)

Theses are the legs of the octopus. The joints will be glued once I have decided how the whole sculpture will look.

Part: Legs

Process of  gluing the legs together to form a fixed stance for camouflaging (action which is most mentioned in the survey). These legs of the octopus are designed using spider legs as a reference because spiders has 8 legs and camouflages just like octopus. This part will be joint to the bead and body. 

Timelapse (Part Five)

These are the ink vials that will hold four glass jars which octopuses use to hold the pigment for changing its color and squirting ink

Part: Almost completed octopus with 4 glued legs (all other arms and legs are not glued)

The legs of the octopus is designed using spider legs as a reference as spiders has 8 legs and also camouflages just like octopus

Part: Almost completed octopus with all limbs glued (attaching the tentacles and suction cups)

The tentacles and suction cups are joint using PTFE tubes and metal parts that can latch on to these PTFE tubes. On the right, the are eight suction cups that are ready to be attached to the main structure. The ink vials will be attached to the back which I will explain more later in the post.

I chose to replace the end of the arms using the ones on the left (New design) over the right one (Old design) as it is fuller body.

Final look of the first kinetic sculpture on the Museum of Marine Life series 2119

Final movement in action


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