MATERIAL : intelligence

“…simple conductive thermoplastic composite (carbomorph)… can be used in an unmodified low-cost 3D printer to print electronic sensors able to sense mechanical flexing and capacitance changes.”1

The materials used in the FABMOB 3d-printer forms and informs the physical objects it fabricates. On one hand, the invention of new composites2 to be heated/extruded or sinter-ed in the ever cheaper, ever more reliable devices being designed and marketed in 2014 3. These material innovations for 3d printers will ostensibly increase the color palette, texture and strength4, as well as the tolerances and precision of the objects being produced. But they will especially lead to the production of objects with conductive filament for conductive electronics5 for the integration of a variety of object embedded sensors. The specific quality of a material is used to articulate the form of every ATMOStag, to inform every FABMOB. FABMOBs | ATMOStag starts with the living rather than the tech, in order to develop a “bottom-up evolution”6 of machine intelligence.7

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  1. A Simple, Low-Cost Conductive Composite Material for 3D Printing of Electronic Sensors via PLOS ONE
  2. The facts about 4 AXYZ and 3D printing wood. Periodic table of materials via i.materialise.com
  3. Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing 2014 via Makezine
  4. Stratasys Redefines Product Design and Manufacturing with World’s First Color Multi-material 3D Printer
  5. (PDF) Combining 3D printing and printable electronics via Microsoft Research
  6. Next Nature 2012.
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