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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 of a 2D screen. This is not a natural skill, but one that designers and architects are trained to master. But not everybody is trained as an architect or designer…
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 businesses for making jewelry, toys and even food. This is the economy and scale of the growing 3d printing culture that is engaged by this project.
Additive digital fabrication will become a natural extension of The Craftsmen’s toolbox. Sometimes the printer will stay in the studio, and the printed object will be delivered to a client1. Sometimes, the printer will follow the craftsman2in-situ, to be a part of the printed object’s3 or building’s4 milieu. Despite the bulk, unreliability, and energy requirements of today’s 3d-printers, we can easily imagine the imminent evolutions in 3d printer technology5 to afford the gains necessary for mobile printing, especially for industries such as customer service and construction sites6. FABMOBs | ATMOStag anticipates the evolution of digital fabrication by building a constructive design fiction7 activating scenarios based on mobile networks, open hardware and software platforms, and embedded capture+transmission of data in relation to 3D printing.8
“…the interplay of technologies with the specific social circumstances they arise from and lead to.”1
Technology is rooted linguistically in action (techne), or craft: making something versus knowing about it. Craft is about building things, and about building relationships. The vision: technology = craft + relationships — is a very contemporary idea of technology, observing it transcend the scientific, reaching across to its potential as a cultural force2. It is the harbinger of a shift from a knowledge based culture, towards the New Craft Culture, or “crafty knowledge”.3 Craft based cultures (and craft-based niches within a culture) depend on the direct interaction between craftsman and project: the materials, the tools and the professional environment. FABMOBs | ATMOStag is a hybrid media emerging from a natural convergence between automation (manufacturing) and customization (artisan).4
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 fabricating the object using a local printer.
…the street will find its own uses for the ever cheaper, more mobile, precise and compelling technologies of digital fabrication.1
The transformation of industry and manufacturing by additive 3D printing technology will be a revolution; just read2the3headlines4. While futurists and industry analysts tirelessly speculate on those changes to prepare clients5, inform students6 or sell books7, the actual objects+projects that will emerge, are difficult, if not impossible, to imagine using today’s informed, albeit myopic structures of projection and vision. FABMOBs | ATMOStag is a project/research8 situated deep within the convergence-zone between digital manufacturing technology, and society’s spaces of cultural, education, design and the built environment.9
Can a project also be considered research? Projects engage experimental thinking whose intelligence emerges only at the end of a precise and open-ended creative process… (project/research by Kligerman, Mehdaoui) ↩
Between buzz words and catch phrases — consciousness in the cloud, big-data, new industrial revolution, smart cities, morphological computation, trans-disciplinary actions1 , biomonitoring2… FABMOBs | ATMOStag is a modestly scaled, but radical expression of The post-digital Networked Society.3
Artists and architects also focus their work, by rite or by interpretation, on the ideas and research generated by the sciences… art/science by Kligerman, Mehdaoui↩
Biomonitoring promotes individual and community resilience through the collaborative use of knowledge about environmental conditions and their effects on people inhabiting the those environments. Biomonitoring by Kligerman/Mehdaoui↩
A “global, massively interconnected system (…) vibrating around us,” extending “beyond shiny hardware to include culture, art, social institutions and intellectual creations of all types.”1
Convergence has been just another free radical of pop/tech culture for the past 20 years: the tendency for diverse technological and media systems to evolve towards a common center, where they share resources and mutually interact in order to form and inform hybrid objects, spaces and projects. FABMOBs | ATMOStag is the convergence between — mobile networks and real-time data, open hardware and software, sensors and transmitters, ideas and representation, digital fabrication and data visualization.2