The discipline of Draughting/Drafting usually has exercises requiring the presentation of 3 elevations of an object; aerial or plan view, front view and side or end view. A standard house brick would be 3 rectangles drawn in relation to its dimensions.
I understand that somewhere through the 1930ís a German architect proposed a drawing for a solid object which many deemed impossible, but I have a lovely brass model that invalidates those claims.
The challenge was: Given one drawing that represents all three elevations - Create the object!
Examples: A square is a cube. A circle represents a sphere but a circle crossed with a ' + ' sign might be a beach ball with circles around its 'x,y,z' circumferences; like an orange cut into 8.
NOW, this object in question is represented by a circle crossed by an 'X' or multiplication sign.
MY CHALLENGE is twofold:
1. What does this object look like? Describe as many of its properties as possible.
2. How might you create it as a demonstration in, say, 2 or 3 minutes? I suggest a firm but pliable medium like children's 'playdough' and a tool like a very simple kitchen utensil would reasonably create an approximation of this solid.
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After thinking about my solution, I realized that it doesn't quite work out. Take the front elevation.
A--B Sticks CDGH are seen from front,
/| /| DBHF from side,
C--D | and ABCD from top.
| E|-F Stick E is not needed, and neither is D.
Stick C is in front of stick A, but there is an arc inbetween them. While we can't see A from the front, we can see the arc, and it will be sticking out slightly, along with the arc between H and F. The result will be a lopsided X, where the upper left and lower right parts are longer. This might be acceptable, but when considering the side view, the lopsided X will be a reflected, so the elevations do not look the same.
I'm not sure whether this flaw is enough to make the solution invalid though.
Posted by Tristan
on 2004-10-23 22:29:10