Assignment 2

Rhinoceros Modeling of Stairs


In this assignment, you will design and model a complex set of stairs in Rhinoceros. You may model your stairs after those shown in lecture, though you should customize them and make them your own design.

Part 1:

  1. Begin by drawing plans/elevations as necessary to help guide your stair creation. Your stairs can be a straight run, an “L,” a “U,” or any spiral, helix or other shape. Your stairs do not need to meet building/safety codes. Your treads should be 1’ deep (primary walking surface) and risers should be 6” (typical for commercial/public stairs). You will need to reach a total of 12 feet from one floor to another. Also, a run cannot contain more than 15 stairs in a row, so there will be a landing in your design.

Part 2:

  1. Begin the 3D model of your stairs. Start with the basic shapes and add progressive layers of detail. Remember the commands we have learned so far and extend them to suit your design needs. Fine details will be rewarded. Remember this is a creative assignment as well as an instructional one.
  2. When you have finished your model, be sure to set up a directional light to mimic the sun. While not required, you may add context to the staircase (the building around the staircase). You may also add materials, though these are not required for this Assignment and will be covered later in the course.

Part 3:

  1. Pick three views of your work. Render or Print to .jpg the final output. Please turn in one 11×17 layout with your three images on it. You will not be graded on the graphic design/layout though spend a bit of time to make it look presentable. You can use InDesign for your layout (See InDesign Tutorials).
  2. You will also need to post your three images to the course website. Please also comment on at least 3 other students’ designs.
  3. Your completed layout & web post is due before class on Monday, April 11th.

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