Modeling Tools

I use two kinds of modeling tools in my form studies:

A commercial magnetic spoke-and-hub tool called Dyna-Magz.  This tool works great for quick studies and smaller forms*.  However, for large complex studies it is too heavy to stay intact as a form’s node count increases.  The small strut size also makes it difficult to work the model with your hands as the complexity grows.  So, there is a practical limit to form complexity here.

A tool I developed and placed into the public domain called:  Compensating Skeletal Geometric Modeling System:

https://patents.google.com/patent/US20040158999A1/en

This is a very light-weight tool with a strong attachment mechanism so it can support large build-outs.  The struts can compensate length to a small degree to get past certain hurdles. It is intuitive, easy and fast in build-out, and importantly, easy and fast in model take-down.  The strut length I use is about 7″ so it is easy to get your hands inside and out of the model to work with.   In sum, it makes explorations easy and fun.

*In the models shown in the essays that use the Dyna-Magz, the strut colors are random unless otherwise evident.