TECHNICS : in-situ

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 craftsman2 in-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 technology 5 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

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  1. Freight Miles: The Impacts of 3D Printing on Transport and Society by Thomas Birtchnell via
  2. Framework for bringing 3D printing into the construction industry (PDF) via
  3. A self-referential link to the FABMOBs | ATMOStag project as an early example of 3D printing in a milieu.
  4. 3D Print Canal House is printed on site, room by room, and will be assembled on-site into a house. It will act as a space for research into architecture and additive construction.
  5. Trend Evolution: 3D Printing Trends by Shane Taylor via is a recent thought piece on the evolution of 3d printing that considers “the wider context” to assert its findings.
  6. ibid (PDF)
  7. Using “fictional scenarios to envision and explain possible futures for design.” What is design fiction? via Quora
  8. Lisez ce texte en français