Thursday, February 10, 2011

Nautilus Bike Loader

'Been meaning to post this up, sorry for the delay.

This is the final video for my Nautilus bike during it's normal project process.
Build sequence is in Rhinoceros 4, then Alias Automotive, then presentation animation in Showcase. Since Showcase is essentially the PowerPoint of 3D software world, Maya or XSI would have been preferred...but time only allowed me to learn Showcase.

Originally meant to augment my portfolio for entry into Art Center, it became too cumbersome to ask reviewers to follow a link to view it so it was only viewed by the very curious. Likely, it didn't play a great part in my final acceptance and scholarship into Art Center in Pasadena, CA. A shame really, I worked very hard on it.

This particular video showcases (sorry) the auto-loader accessory. Not shown here is the recharge bay which is basically a 1:1 fiberglass replica of the bike sans front and back. The bike would probably have been made with CFRP which is a more expensive material.

In the video, you see the loader take the old batch out of the bike, go off screen to deposit into the recharger. A waiting fresh set is then carried back into frame and loaded into the bike. The bike then initializes, calibrates, and reboots becoming ready to ride off. Total reload time 30 seconds.
A note on the loader, it is not automatic thus the heavy duty caster wheels. Only the loading and tipping mechanism is power assisted but scooting around your vast Bat-Cave will be by your two feet alone.

The screens below are form & render tests in Alias Showcase prior to animation.

This set shows the place-holder lamp next to the finalized lamp.

And here we have its guts.

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