Wendell Castle Automation
Wendell Castle is considered the Father of the Art Furniture Movement and is represented in museums and galleries around the world including; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Wendell was originally trained as an industrial designer and started every project with a sketch.
As part of his process, Wendell also created small scale models of each piece. This is him reviewing pieces for a retrospective of his work at the Museum of Art & Design MAD. Wendell was interested in experimenting with 3D scanning to help preserve is work.
We used the piece titled “Willy Willy” as the first application of the scanning process.
ram used a FARO laser scanning arm to digitize the original surfaces of the design.
The form of Willy Willy is complex and required multiple registrations to capture the complete form.
Original Digital Surface
The scan arm captures every mark of the hand-crafted model and a data point cloud is derived.
The final scan is used as a guide to create a new 3D model with full surface continuity.
The scan data is then used to visualize the design in a variety of materials and locations.
An ABB robot arm was retro-fitted with a milling head and used to carve the scaled up data into finished pieces of furniture. Wendell called the robot “Mr. Chips”