How Far Can the construction of Theatrical Scenery Elements become an Dissertation Project
Posted 07 March 2012 - 09:29 PM
Posted 09 March 2012 - 02:30 AM
Would guess CNC sheet cutting and milling are replacing rip snorter and Marples chisel to a large extent as well. But guessing even the most mechanised scene workshops are far from the 2 men and a multimeter factories that churn out kitchen units by the thousands,almost entirely automatically.
Mebbe next revolution is additive manufacturing 3D printing is advancing very fast.
Manpower is currently still cheaper than programming machines for short run work.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:32 PM
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:45 PM
You do realise you posted the same question last month? Pretty much word-for-word.
If you have more to add, why not add to the previous post and keep it in the same place?
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:27 PM
Perhaps for the second attempt - you could explain what you think and talk us through the point of your research and the aim, maybe we can help. As it is - the question just doesn't flash a light for people to help. I'm sure plenty of people would chip in if you expanded a bit. I'm assuming you are interested in automating scenery construction? what I can;t work out is why you'd want automation when so much scenery construction is one-offs. Anyone with expensive CNC machinery tells you that one-off projects are not cheap - and few existing CNC machines can be totally automated - the individual processes being so different.
Tell us a bit more and see if anyone gets interested?
Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:21 PM
BTW, if this question was suggested by a tutor one wonders what other stuff they will come up with???
Judging from the clip(s) automation is a "good thing"; repetitive work by machine, scalable, repeatable and reliable.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:48 AM
I trained as an engineer in production and mass production and there is a very limited scope for it in theatre. Nothing scenic is meant to last for longer than the run of the show, it is not going to be rolled out so that hundreds or thousands of sets are needed and re-usable stock items are far more appropriate to rock shows than theatre.
Sub assembly might just be useful but only in limited quantities and this is already done as far as it is useful. EG kits for flats, castors, IWB's etc. but that is about it mainly because the enterprise is supposedly an artistic rather than practical one. If every set had a common basis or elements that were standardised I think it would be a very short time before directors and designers would go out of their way NOT to use them.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:33 AM
However - if we ever get the new 3D printing machines to work on large items this could well change things. I know blue room member andrew r has left stage stuff behind to concentrate on this area, and when he first started, producing something like a referees whistle was the biggest thing his prototype machinbes could manage, but these printers are now doing much bigger items. Once cost effective 3D printers can be made that make set style sizes, then CAD followed by print could possibly make full automation of some set pieces possible.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:56 AM
Where mass produced parts are used these are usually borrowed from other industries, think Hinges Castors etc.
Most scenery designers would prefer a unique look, for which mass produced parts would be inappropriate.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:47 AM
(The construction bods were quite keen on the time savings ref repetitive "works to".)
And a lot more besides on just the scenic stuff alone.
This post has been edited by ramdram: 14 April 2012 - 09:52 AM
Posted 14 April 2012 - 01:20 PM
Posted 16 April 2012 - 02:02 AM
Now that most drawings are CADs and the cost of CNC drops every year, and there is even decent free and open source software out there, the actual investment required to do CNC cutting and milling is dropping. One thing that isn't getting any cheaper is the cost of labour. I'd think most big shops will have at least some CNC sooner or later.
Doubt we're going to see a set completely assembled by robots though
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