Glass Carving Assistive Device

Travis MacDonald, Will Chan, Chris Walsh and Oscar Nespoli
Case revision date: 
12 pages (Case Study)

Lois Scott is located in Elora, Ontario, Canada, and is one of Canada’s most renowned glass carving artists. Lois carves intricate patterns and shapes into glass vessels that are blown into carious spherical and cylindrical forms. Her pieces are often highly intricate and thus require a great deal of time and effort to create. Each glass piece is individually hand blown, carved and etched. An example of her work is shown in Figure 1. Lois contacted the University of Waterloo to seek help in developing a device to assist her in carrying out her glass carving.

Glass sculpture by Lois Scott

Glass sculpture by Lois Scott

Learning objectives: 

The teaching objective of this case study is to design a glass carving assistive device that does not limit the user’s range of motion, but reduces the apparent weight of the glass vessels and minimizes the effort to sculpt glass. Students will be exposed to the engineering design process including project planning, need analysis, and conceptual design.

Key words: 
Glass carving; Assistive device; Need Analysis; Project planning; Conceptual design
CEAB attributes: 
Module 01 – Case Study
Module 02 – Project Planning and Management
Module 03 – Need Analysis
Module 04 – Conceptual Design

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