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…?”
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, […]
In the context of the FABMOBs|ATMOStag project, we measure the temperature, humidity, ambient light, noise, and levels of carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide in any local environment using sensors. This data forms a limited, but useful enough representation of a local atmosphere. We then use it to create a digital model and print the atmosphere’s representation.
For designers, it means that captured data will be coherently applied to the transformation of the mathematical representation of a three-dimensional surface of object, thus used to generate that object’s form. This process can serve to elaborate form, “decorate” or modulate a surface, generate an array of possible design solutions, or just learn how to use […]
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.
The value of an ATMOStag_TILE is based on the object’s singularity. It is a unique object whose reproducibility is limited by the license agreement between you, our backers, and FABMOBs.
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 […]
It is more than coincidental that the object produced by FABMOBs|ATMOStag, the relief, made use of the illusion that the sculptural material was being raised above the background plane. This illusion supported the sensation of immersion through the strange equilibrium that reliefs projected for over 1000 years in the world of art. With the advent of […]
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 […]
FABMOBs|ATMOStag will transcend its hyper-local focus, its location at Etangs de Ville d’avray, France and become truly global thru the repetition of the production sequence — capture, calculation, reproduction — while fabricating an endless variety of designed objects, never repeating itself by making the same object twice. Every object is unique.
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…
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 […]
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 […]
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.
We want to show YOU how to — listen, see, and hear — the local environment that you and your family occupy, not just by observing that environment, but by being able to fabricate its expression. In exchange for your support, you’ll receive any number of unique rewards that we will fabricate as a part […]
Fulfilling the rewards is the reason for initiating a large scale fabrication run. By using Kickstarter for this, we’re taking full advantage of the global community as a way of diffusing tiles to the widest possible audience, you the backers. This network effect is a unique quality of any social net, and is something that […]
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 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.
The bottleneck for the 3d-printing workflow is creating the digital model, the information necessary to specify that which is to be printed. Specialists working in 3d, using complex, arcane software to build these models, create simple interfaces for their customization. Model parameters specifying quantity (measurements, temperature…), quality and locational information can be added by technicians […]
Moving towards a pipeline architecture that’s similar to the rendering pipeline used by the movie industry, OpenFab is a streamlined process using fablets to specify changes in the material composition and geometry of each layer to be printed.
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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