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
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.