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 cultural, technological and scientific forces resulting in the development of additive digital manufacturing are, as the historian Lewis Mumford would qualify, “the interplay of technologies with the specific social circumstances they arise from and lead to.” Mumford called this technics: the art, skill and interplay of a social milieu and technological innovation leading to change1: the result of the wishes, habits, ideas, goals of the industrial processes of culture. FABMOBs | ATMOStag is a new model: technics fabrica2.3
But another way to think of materials is in terms of design synergy: the essential interaction of the fabricated object’s organization—form and material—to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate parts. FABMOBs is a creative process whose goal is to imbue the fabricated object with meaning through a combination of its form, and the texture, color and intelligence of its materials. The geometrical transformations that give the tiles their form, is informed by the physical environment of the printer1, as expressed by material composites2. Data is used to create specific geometric transformations, based on pre-determined algorithms, representing local environments; tile form is based on the combination of forms to create unique designs. FABMOBs | ATMOStag uses dynamic local atmospheres to form and inform design decisions: living systems imbuing materials with life.3
The value of an ATMOStag_TILE is based on the object’s reproducibility: receiving the tile’s license gives you the rights for future uses of this unique object. We can 3D print the TILE once, for its inclusion as part of the ATMOStag_INSTALLATION, but the tile and its rights to be reproduced belong to you.