A useful analogy for understanding these objects is to think of a graphical representation on a digital display. Photographs, graphics or drawings are clearly rendered on high resolution displays, patterns of color and light delineate discernable forms. But when we zoom into this digital representation, we understand that those patterns of color are composed of individual blocs each composed of a single color. A regular grid of pixels compose the global image as we visually perceive it. FABMOBs|ATMOStag is based on the same principle: the design is too big to printed using our 3dprinters, thus it is cut up into component parts. Each part or tile is a part of the large FABMOBs|ATMOStag sculpture, and a beautiful object on its own.
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 additive 3Dprinting, were material is in fact, successively added until the desired form is attained, relief really is being raised above to achieve its effect. Thus, additive fabrication is the true realization, after a thousand years of trying, of the ideal relief sculptural technique.
ATMOStag_tiles might not be very useful just yet… but they are unique, beautiful objects that can be produced in a variety of materials, colors, textures and topographies.
- A 3d model is a mathematical representation of any three-dimensional surface of object that is made using specialized software. It can be displayed as a two-dimensional image through a process called 3D rendering or used in a computer simulation of physical phenomena. The model can be physically created using 3D printing devices.
- Models could be considered the defining medium of design and architecture; they are directly involved in the 3Dprinting workflow.
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 comprising the FABMOBs platform as it is currently in place. It will also help us validate the FABMOBs approach to the question of developing content for the creative use 3d printers. This validation can only come from Kickstarter and its unique combination of social network and financial engagement expressed in the gestures of the Kickstarter community.