3D Print the Atmosphere
Capture environmental data. Generate 3D models.
3D Print many unique objects. Build & Exhibit an Installation.
Reward backers with the fabricated objects.
Support our KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
“We can QUANTIFY a local environment using sensors to capture
temperature, humidity, ambient light, noise, levels of carbon monoxide & nitrogen dioxide.
With algorithms, we can combine the data to QUALIFY that environment— is it
happy or sad, uplifting or depressing, bright or somber, fun or grim…?”
FABMOBs’ projects as artists and architects make a point of challenging long held assumptions about architecture, space and technology… we have always been especially interested in the transformation of immaterial phenomenon, like an atmosphere, into a physical form.
As architects, we design environments by creating federations of little systems that are linked together by protocols and interfaces. In the case of FABMOBs|ATMOStag, the systems are the ATMOStag_reliefs placed in an environment to create complex systems without having to explicitly define them. The FABMOBs protocol sequentially applies discrete, structure-preserving transformations to a region of space, […]
An atmosphere is the tone or mood of a place, space or work of art that is evoked by our feelings and sensations for this thing. Atmospheres are based on our perceptions, emotions and experiences of something material, but is expressed symbolically, as a painting, a photograph, a text or poem… FABMOBs|ATMOStag wants to reveal the *forms and information* that we cannot ordinarily see: to make the immaterial> material; that which is virtual> physical; that which is digital> concrete.
ATMOStags (ATMOSphere + TAG) tiles are VISUALIZATIONS of a local environment. Using additive manufacturing to fabricate the visualization’s physical representation, a place or event is TAGGED (marked), its atmosphere REVEALED.
A relief is a sculptural technique literally meaning “to raise” an object. Historically, reliefs give the impression that the sculpted material has been raised above the background plane. “Reliefs are common throughout the world on the walls of buildings and… (as) a sequence of several panels or sections of relief may represent an extended narrative.”1 […]
A useful analogy for understanding these objects is to think of a graphical representation on a digital display. Photographs, graphics or drawings are clearly rendered on high resolution displays, patterns of color and light delineate discernable forms. But when we zoom into this digital representation, we understand that those patterns of color are composed of […]
The value of an ATMOStag_TILE is based on the object’s exhibition: the objects created during this testing process will compose a work of art, an extension of the work that we have been doing for the past 15 years as artists and architects. The public exhibition of this installation brings value to each unique tile […]
FABMOBs|ATMOStag is an extension of the work that we (Jamil Mehdaoui and Brad Kligerman) have been doing for over 15 years as artists and architects. We challenge long held assumptions about architecture, space and technology by building with immaterials—atmospheres, weather, radio waves, digital media—to transform the physical world.
Yes, FABMOBs uses open source software and hardware, contributing innovation back to the community.
By thinking in terms of machines, a project can logically be organized in terms of inputs and outputs. Things like data, interaction and gestures, and digital media are fed into the machine, and a project’s forms are generated as its output. This way of working is known as parametric design. It is a dominant theme […]
A lightweight, portable solar panel connected to a rechargeable battery, powers the sensor. think globally, fabricate locally.
The project’s nascent COMMUNITY will be built from the convergence of MAKERs, and from SMART CITIZENS, people already experimenting with technologically mediated, environmental activism : socially networked post-digital natives, global actors who are locally engaged, early adopters, VIPs, the referred and rarified…
We’ve decided on a two-step strategy for the FABMOBs|ATMOStag development: we need to put the FABMOBs platform to the test by capturing, generating and printing a lot of ATMOStag tiles; that’s the goal of this Kickstarter campaign. printing and diffusing a large number of tiles in a short amount of time. To do this, we […]
Our ultimate goal is to develop FABMOBs into both a robust platform and a sustainable business that builds innovative design solutions and projects in the 3d printing space. This Kickstarter campaign is the cornerstone of that development process. It will serve to directly finance a massive production run to test the sensors, printers, software and networks […]
FABmobs designs and builds 3d-printing platforms — printers, software, network — for companies whose production and distribution depends on mobility and locational services.
We’re asking the KICKSTARTER community to help us put the FABMOBs platform to the test by capturing a lot of DATA, generating many MODELS and printing massive amounts of OBJECTS in a controlled amount of time. The intended goal of this test is to reveal the platform’s strengths and weaknesses before its public roll out.
“FABMOBs | ATMOStag by FABMOBs” ☺ http://t.co/egks7z4AVo — KSR Staff Picks (@ksr_staff) January 2, 2015
Objective: build an integrated platform of data visualization and generative design by building upon a 3d printer’s inherent potential for expansion, connectivity and mobility. Through the synthesis of hardware, software and mobile networks, fabricate unique, connected objects from physical data. FABMOB (fabrication + mobility) is — a sensor and a transmitter, a prototype and a […]
The nascent FABMOBs community is built from the convergence of two existing ones: from the Maker community, those who are already using 3d printers, and from the Smart Citizens, people already experimenting with technologically mediated, environmental activism.
The FABMOBs platform was designed and built to enable your creativity. Current owners of 3D printers can use our sensor instrumentation & printing infrastructure to print unique content that goes way beyond what’s found online on craft or specialized sites. Environmental activists & physical scientists will be able to develop accurate tools for analysis & expression of local atmospheric conditions. Artists and designers will be able to develop their own projects using the hardware/software/sensor platform via our API.
What’s the biggest obstacle to printing objects if I’m not a specialist? 3Dprinting physical objects necessitates the creation of a 3D-model that *describes* the form of the object to be printed. The software to make these models is challenging to use; its workflow demands the ability to project and visualize objects in the 3D space […]
**1984**, THE BIRTH OF 3D PRINTING: stereolithography enabled a tangible 3D object to be created from digital data, allowing users to test a design before investing in a larger manufacturing program. **1992**, LAYER BY LAYER: SLA (stereolithographic apparatus), a UV laser solidifying photopolymer, a liquid with the viscosity and color of honey that makes three-dimensional […]
Some of the differences between traditional manufacturing and additive 3d printing that are key for the FABMOBs|ATMOStag project are: complexity, customization and variety are free benefits to objects designed and prototyped using 3d printing. 3d additive printing favors low volume, high value production runs. There’s zero lead time between the design and fabrication process, and […]
Jamil Mehdaoui partner
Jamil: “My world is built upon my experience making things. It is my way to stretch the design process. I do interior design, I make and sell craftsman built furniture, and design and fabricating masks and special effects for the theater and opera.”
Brad Kligerman partner
Brad: “My experience is working on large scale projects in the building and aerospace industries: projects where it was necessary to use computers in order to build the things we were designing. I taught myself how to develop software — for architects, by an architect.”
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