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.
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 […]
Using our customized 3D-software and Python, we can algorithmically associate formal transformations to an object based on the synthesis of the atmosphere’s qualities (hot, humid, dense, light…) and quantities (how much) based on its captured data. We can then apply these transformations to shape an object’s formal predisposition.
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 presentation: Each 3D printed ATMOStag_TILE is accompanied by a hand-made silicon sheath. The sheath fills out the TILE, forming a rectangular cuboid that’s easier to ship. After pealing it away to reveal the TILE’s surface, we see that the sheath forms its double and negative. […]
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 […]
A lightweight, portable solar panel connected to a rechargeable battery, powers the sensor. think globally, fabricate locally.
Yes, FABMOBs uses open source software and hardware, contributing innovation back to the community.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
When we start to think hard about the convergence of 3Dprinting hardware, software and networks, we understand that it enables real objects to travel over networks. This not only transforms the way physical goods are (re)produced, but how they can be transported. This happens by sending the 3d model in an email or Skype, then […]
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.
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 […]
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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