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.
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.
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 […]
3D Printing Objects Number of objects per hour Number of successful prints per day Material economy Printer Farm optimization of network Sensors Data points captured per hour 3D Software Economy optimization between capture and data points Database Entries Queries Community FABMOBs.com site use Captured data Number of duplicated tiles
3D Objects Object detail resolution Reproducibility Visual literacy Community Diversity Presence Engagement Feedback Growth Capture Accuracy Sensitivity Material Temperature Strength Color compatibility Software Algorithm diversity Smooth aggregates Render quality Object/model optimization Compatibility with poles 3D printer Sensor Mobility Distribution Network Connection quality Decentralization
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…
FABmobs designs and builds 3d-printing platforms — printers, software, network — for companies whose production and distribution depends on mobility and locational services.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
“FABMOBs | ATMOStag by FABMOBs” ☺ http://t.co/egks7z4AVo — KSR Staff Picks (@ksr_staff) January 2, 2015
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.
Key patents will expire in February 2014 for laser sintering, a high resolution printing technology, leaving an opening for competitors come in with cheaper alternatives. This situation could be compared to prescription drugs, which are generally very expensive until a patent expires, at which point other pharmaceutical companies can come in and make a generic […]
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 […]
Currently, 3d printing is widely used in the aeronautics, automotive, and electronics industries, as well as for medicine and dentistry: big, high tech industries were precision, speed and customization in the manufacturing process are competitive necessities. But 3d printers are also widely used at another scale of production by designers, makers and increasingly by small […]
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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