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…?”
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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…
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 […]
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 […]
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
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…
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
FABMOBs does a bit of urban-hacking, stretching the meaning of the region’s electric car sharing service, using it as a source of mobile energy to power the printers.
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 […]
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 […]
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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