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(Updated 9 April 2012)
1. What is Rag 2.0?
~On top of celebration of creativity and as a gesture of appreciation to the public for contribution to the Flag day (fund-raising event), Rag 2.0 (pronounced as “Rag 2 point oh”) is save time, save money and respect to the people who try to save the earth. Our goal is to put more fun back into rag. Our approach is to show the respective rag team on how to incorporate CAD design to create design templates. Subsequently the team cut according to the templates and assemble them into three dimensional structure to form different parts of the float. After the workshop, the team would be able to create interesting cardboard float which is truly environmentally responsible and full of creativity. Rag 2.0 is also about sharing knowledge. We strongly discourage chemical usage and wastage.
2. Why Cardboard? Can we use other materials?
~It’s malleability, surprising durability, recyclability, and sustainability, all contribute to the appeal of cardboard in Rag. Yes, we encourage any other truly environmentally-responsible materials other than cardboard, e.g. honeycomb board, tetrapak, inner tube of used tyres, etc.
3. What CAD software you are going to use? Is it really necessary?
~Open-source freeware: Google SketchUp (with free plugin: OBJexporter.rb, flattery.rb, unfoldtool.rb), Blender, Anim8or, Autodesk 123D Catch, 123D Make (Browser-based), Discreet Gmax and Tamasoft Pepakura Designer (shareware). Some cardboard artists, with years of experience, do not use any CAD at all.
4. Is Cardboard strong enough to withhold the whole float?
~The question is more about the structural design of the object than the proven strength of cardboard. Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban used cardboard to build bridge and loghouses; European artist (Cartonnistes) use it to build waterproof furniture; Artist Chris Gilmour built life-size object with cardboard- cars, bicycle, motorbike and piano. Professor Joseph Delappe built a 17’ tall Gandhi sculpture completely out of cardboard in 2008.
5. Is Cardboard waterproof? What happened in the event of wet weather?
~French artist Eric Guiomar uses recycled cardboard to make waterproof furniture since 1993 and he shares his recipe with many other artists and online community. In commercial application, there is fire-resistant and waterproof cardboard available.
6. Cardboard is colourless and boring?
~Everyone who saw the artworks produced by cardboard artists are awestruck. By presenting the design in a medium many considered as trash, spectators tend to be more engaging by touching and feeling the artwork. The original packaging colour of the cardboard boxes, claimed by one of the artist Chris Gilmour, is actually more appealing than clean plain sheets. You may google cardboard artists Chris Gilmour, James Grashow, Kiel Johnson, Joseph Delappe, etc for more of their works.
7. What if our float is to go Chingay the following year? What is the durability of the cardboard structure over 6 months?
~As additional step to strengthen the cardboard, we could apply fibre-glass to the inner layers of the cardboard to make it last for years, if necessary.
8. What about cladding? Cladding details are what make our floats unique in a way using “recyclable materials”?
~We were once Raggers as well. 10 years ago, we do not have the luxury of precision engineering software at affordable cost. So cladding become an essential part to cover up the imperfection of the structure buildup at extremely large scale. With the technology on your time, we could visualise your design concept with a 3D software and export it as blueprint templates. Subsequently your team cut and assemble the templates into different parts of the float. Finally mount all the parts on the vehicle.
~If your team really feel strongly about fancy cladding, by all means go ahead. As with cladding materials, let us all be honest and ask ourselves: is it truly recyclable before we committed to use them extensively. Put your creativity at work, don’t just buy the materials because they are convenience and “look good”.
9. How can we save cost and time with Rag 2.0 method?
~We recommend using cardboard as creative medium to build the float. Cardboard is cheapest (or even free) compared to many other materials. As the material is light-weight, professional welding is at minimal or even none is required (saving of at least $2000~ $3000).
As we are using computer design, we only need the detailed dimension of the vehicle and not necessary to have the vehicle on site until final stage of the production. That means shorter period of vehicle rental- save $55 per day. Without the need to house the vehicle, we can have the production indoor during early stage and save the fee on the tentage rental as well (shorter period of rental- save $750 for half month).
Finally as majority of the materials are paper based, no heavy-duty contractor is required to dispose of the float. Partial structure of the float could be put on public display to inspire future generation of Raggers. We also recommend less chemical use (e.g. Spray paint, contact glue, etc) so cleaning up the production floor is easy and time saving.
10. Our rag team already using design software and cardboard as part of the process?
~Rag 2.0 is also about sharing knowledge and techniques. It’s good if your rag team are well-equipped and well-aware of the current costing and environmental issues. There is no harm to find out more about improving the process by discussing it with our cardboard expert.
11. I am convinced with the Rag 2.0 ideas now, what should I do next?
~If you are a ragger, we would like to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to join in the rag 2.0 fun.
~If you are NUS president, NUSSU special project director, Master of hall of residences, or campus staffs, we would like to ask for sponsorship of venue to conduct workshop.
~If you are ragger once, we would like to get in touch with you about helping in reviving alumni float (scheduled to be cancelled this year, as of last updated from alumni office senior manager). We assured you its workplace-friendly and family-friendly event (bring your kids as they are most creative).
~If you are creative or good with hand-painting, we would like to have you on board our creative team.
~If you are experienced with electronic installation or interactive programming, we would like to talk to you.
~If you are from corporations that preach greener future, we would like to tap on your resources and expertise in respective field.
~If you are an experienced social entrepreneur, we would like to have you as a mentor!
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