Our intention for the coffee table is to successful replicate a module, based on Evan Douglis's Displaycase Membrane. We were looking at how a hot wire could excavate foam without milling. We didn't want a long insubstantial mass, so we looked at how we could provide variety to the table top. This is that exploration. Moving forward, I think we could move from a radial hot wire - to a linear hot wire cutter that can take a profile and stretch it out.
The idea of this hot wire cutter is to have the ability to reach behind the material to create super amorphic shapes. Unlike a router attachment that can only affect the surface, and has a difficult time reaching behind material. The advantage of a kinetic hot wire, is that you can expand and contract the wire, which will change the overall shape of the hotwire. The rigidity of a flat wire allows the contraction of the shape to return to its initial destination.