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A Mini Fountain by Ryan Oosting


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This was one of my original sketches of my fountain which was based on my vision of creating a “floating” cube fountain. I came across many different designs during my research phase but I liked the “floating” cube concept the most.

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The first foam prototype was a turning point for my project because I realized I needed to scale my project down even more to fit within the budget. I also knew I needed to alter my design to streamline the building process considering there was not much time to complete the project.

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This CAD model represents the updated fountain design that scrapped the idea for a neck under the central cube and instead converted the cube into a rectangular prism. The new design solved quite a few problems I was struggling with such as how I was going to weld the neck in time, link the cube to the neck, and how I would make the entire fountain easy to repair instead of completely welded together and difficult to repair.

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After two weeks of welding, I finally had a complete skeleton for the fountain. I primed the steel to ensure it would not rust and then I added faux rocks and plants to tweak the aesthetic to be more outdoorsy than industrial. Considering the budget and time we had to complete the project, I am very proud of how it turned out.

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