Toad is a passive amplifier, consisting of one body and one attachment part, both designed specifically for FDM 3D printer production.
The motivation for this project was to explore limits of this mold-free fabrication through parameterized topologies and experiment with material properties such as flexibility. The final geometry was produced by developing an algorithm in order to distort a sphere using Archimedean solid surfaces as attractors. This parameterization provides planar resting rings emerging on the outer shell while a spherical inner dish is able to redirect sound waves.
Addition to the form finding process, using printed PLA’s material flexibility, attachment part is locked in position with snap-fit principle. In order to allow for vertical or horizontal positioning of a smart phone at each resting ring, grooves were placed on the connection detail in accordance to different Archimedean solids.
//Instructors: Sinan Ödekan, Sedef Abbasoğlu, Aysun Ateş Akdeniz