Flotation Device Design

I’m going to deviate from the norm on this one.  This is a project I worked on years ago as an Archaeologist, and it remains the design achievement of which I am most proud: engineering and fabricating a flotation machine for soil samples.  

It may sound like an odd example of design, but when I began working in an Archaeology lab in Tucson, I was non-plussed to see that soil samples were processed by running the water through the sink in a precarious setup that involved carefully balanced buckets.  Not only was it a terrible waste of water in a desert landscape, but it was hokey and prone to spills.  So I took it upon myself to come up with a recycling, standalone system that could be constructed from inexpensive materials I got at the hardware store.  The new flotation devices were portable, used far less water, and allowed any spills to be mitigated by recollecting the samples from the water reservoir.  

Basic AutoCAD mockup of a portable, standalone flotation machine designed to use recycling water for soil sample processing.

Basic AutoCAD mockup of a portable, standalone flotation machine designed to use recycling water for soil sample processing.



The company liked the machines so much that they paid me to make several more and hired me out to build a device for another firm in town, using the design and devices for years to come (over a decade now).  

 

Reworking “Sinuous”

So “Sinuous” has long been one of my favorites in my artwork library, but since I gave the original away years ago when I made the drawing, the quality has never been very good from the old scan I have.  I finally decided to fix that today, and took some time to vectorize the drawing in Photoshop.

With that comes the opportunity to play around with some new effects and variations…

Sinuous Antiqued Sinuous Paper Sinuous Color BurnedSinuous Carved

Time’s up!

Time to rework this space a bit and perhaps use it for something more than a dumping ground for development testing during freelance work…

Subsequently, all the trash posts have now been deleted and what will ensue from here on forward is yet to be seen.