Monday, 31 July 2017

Practice, production and the quest for innovation

The means to produce are changing. The chimneys stopped smoking during the course of the past century and are being replaced by an increasingly distributed production line. Production is coming to a desk near you.

These new ways of producing, such as 3d printing, whilst in some branches of technology already being employed in mass production, are being explored extensively by the creative industries. Not so much as a a tool of mass production but rather as a rapid prototyping tool to explore options and simulate proof of concept.

Third Thumb Dani Clode Image taken from formLabs by Dani Clode. / From Fixing Disability to Extending Ability.

A mesmerizing project was recently developed by design student Dani Clode at Royal College of Art for her final year project. She had already worked in reference to the body in earlier projects and also experimented with other ideas centring around prosthetics.

This third thumb project is exploring the relationship between body function, mechanics and perception. Clode states about her project: It is part tool, part experience, and part self-expression. She has in fact based the project not on the idea of fixing, but rather the interpretation of the word prosthetic as extending.

The Third Thumb functions via sensors on the shoe of the wearer to control the movement of the 3d printed sixth finger, or third thumb.

COFFEE TABLE Dani Clode Image taken from DANI AT RCA by Dani Clode. / MY COFFEE TABLE CURRENTLY, November 21, 2016.

WORK-IN-PROGRESS Dani Clode Image taken from DANI AT RCA by Dani Clode. / WORK-IN-PROGRESS, January 20, 2017.

It references a growing body of work that is exploring the human body such as for example Instrumented Bodies by Joseph Malloch and Ian Hattwick with Les Gestes

Objects and extensions in this dialogue are not reduced to mere fashion accessories, but are placed in a discourse that ranges from cyborgs to self image. Couldn't be more suitable for our times.

Video taken from Vimeo by Dani Clode. / Promotion clip for imaginary KickStarter campaing.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Printing useful stuff

3D printing is growing up. The technology is morphing from a idea into a useful tool. A number of universities and aspiring companies are developing amazing spinoffs that can actually produce useful stuff.

The Design Computation Lab at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL has printed this cool chair using a robot arm to extrude the material.

VOXELCHAIR V1.0 Image taken from Design Computation Lab UCL / VOXELCHAIR V1.0 Robotically 3d Printed Plastic Chair.

Voxel chair v1.0 designed by: Manuel Jimenez Garcia and Gilles Retsin
Fabrication Support: Nagami.Design and Vicente Soler
Team: Manuel Jimenez Garcia, Miguel Angel Jimenez Garcia, Ignacio Viguera Ochoa, Gilles Retsin, Vicente Soler

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Shifting Concrete - Architecture in Motion

There is motion in architecture. Not at first glance, but if you start looking it can be found in most aspects. Being this from the movement of people goods or materials to building parts such as doors, windows or blinds. Even by design buildings can move. See for example designs by Frank Gerry, Himmelb(l)au or the late Zaha Hadid.

However noting makes architecture move ore than light. It constantly transforms and changes the shape and appearance of buildings.

Shifting Concrete — Video Mapping. Video by WECOMEINPEACE on Vimeo.