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, […]
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.
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.
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.
We use PLA (Polylactic acid), a biodegradable thermoplastic derived from renewable resources, such as corn starch, tapioca roots, starch, or sugarcane. PLA is manufactured in a variety of colors, opacities and textures. But the tiles can also be printed, using outside contractors, using other materials such as metal, ceramics, resins or precious metals…
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Now, the models we build using 3-D software have lives that go far beyond the screen. They give us the ability to fabricate physical prototypes on-demand using 3d printers. The design process enabled by additive 3d printing allows us to build a strong, innate connection between digital models and physical ones. With this new design […]
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 […]
FABmobs designs and builds 3d-printing platforms — printers, software, network — for companies whose production and distribution depends on mobility and locational services.
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’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
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.
Our work is inspired not only by architecture, but by big and small science, ancient and contemporary art, and cutting edge tech. We consider 3Dprinting at the point of convergence around technology, science, design and architecture, and that’s exactly where we want to be.
Touted as the “second industrial revolution”, FABMOBs|ATMOStag aims for 3Dprinting’s equally far reaching potential as a new media for cultural expression that will emerge from the convergence between automation (manufacturing) and customization (craftsmanship).
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 […]
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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