1. Digital Grotesque . Printing Architecture


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    Digital Grotesque is the first fully immersive, solid, human-scale, enclosed structure that is entirely 3D printed out of sand. This structure, measuring 16 square meters, is materialized with details at the threshold of human perception. Every aspect of this architecture is composed by custom-designed algorithms. Please visit www.digital-grotesque.com for a further description. Architects: Michael Hansmeyer Benjamin Dillenburger Partners and Sponsors: • Chair for CAAD, Prof. Hovestadt, ETH Zurich • Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich • voxeljet AG • FRAC Centre • Strobel Quarzsand GmbH • Pro Helvetia Research for the Digital Grotesque project was carried out at the Chair for CAAD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. All components were printed by voxeljet AG. The first part of Digital Grotesque is a commission by FRAC Centre for its permanent collection. Fabrication Team: Maria Smigielska, Miro Eichelberger, Yuko Ishizu, Jeanne Wellinger, Tihomir Janjusevic, Nicolás Miranda Turu, Evi Xexaki, Akihiko Tanigaito Video & Photo: Demetris Shammas, Achilleas Xydis Music: "Flicker" by Origamibiro (http://www.origamibiro.com)

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      The Silk Pavilion explores the relationship between digital and biological fabrication on product and architectural scales. The primary structure was created of 26 polygonal panels made of silk threads laid down by a CNC (Computer-Numerically Controlled) machine. Inspired by the silkworm’s ability to generate a 3D cocoon out of a single multi-property silk thread (1km in length), the overall geometry of the pavilion was created using an algorithm that assigns a single continuous thread across patches providing various degrees of density. Overall density variation was informed by the silkworm itself deployed as a biological “printer” in the creation of a secondary structure. A swarm of 6,500 silkworms was positioned at the bottom rim of the scaffold spinning flat non-woven silk patches as they locally reinforced the gaps across CNC-deposited silk fibers. Following their pupation stage the silkworms were removed. Resulting moths can produce 1.5 million eggs with the potential of constructing up to 250 additional pavilions. Affected by spatial and environmental conditions including geometrical density as well as variation in natural light and heat, the silkworms were found to migrate to darker and denser areas. Desired light effects informed variations in material organization across the surface area of the structure. A season-specific sun path diagram mapping solar trajectories in space dictated the location, size and density of apertures within the structure in order to lock-in rays of natural light entering the pavilion from South and East elevations. The central oculus is located against the East elevation and may be used as a sun-clock. Parallel basic research explored the use of silkworms as entities that can “compute” material organization based on external performance criteria. Specifically, we explored the formation of non-woven fiber structures generated by the silkworms as a computational schema for determining shape and material optimization of fiber-based surface structures. Research and Design by the Mediated Matter Research Group at the MIT Media Lab in collaboration with Prof. Fiorenzo Omenetto (TUFTS University) and Dr. James Weaver (WYSS Institute, Harvard University). Mediated Matter researchers include Markus Kayser, Jared Laucks, Carlos David Gonzalez Uribe, Jorge Duro-Royo and Neri Oxman (Director).

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      • Radiohead - Idioteque - Laser Cut Wood Record


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        Radiohead's Idioteque, laser cut on wood. more info at instructables.com/id/Laser-Cut-Record/

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        • Made In the Neighbourhood (ft. a clothing printer, OpenKnit)


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          Presently, production outsourcing has become the norm: mass fabrication of goods at low costs improves corporate profit margins but pushes precarious labour conditions due to a race to the bottom in competing developing markets. Production entails long and precise processes before those goods reach our hands, many of which are pervasive in our daily life, and frequently in intimate contact with us, such as textiles. In such a context the market price we pay for goods has not absorbed the externalities created, thus we end up paying far less for them than the real impact they have in society and the environment. OpenKnit offers an alternative landscape to this production model. It’s an open-source, low cost (under 550€), digital fabrication tool that affords the user the opportunity to create his own bespoke clothing from digital files. Starting from the raw material, the yarn, and straight to its end use, a sweater for example, in about an hour. Designing and producing clothes digitally and wearing them can now happen in the very same place, rewarding the user with the ability to make decisions regarding creativity and responsibility. In order to increase accessibility to this new tool, a step by step assembly manual is published while the software Knitic allows you to design your customized clothes easily and feed them into the printer, just a few clicks away. Do KnIt Yourself, acts as an open-source clothing platform, a virtual wardrobe that allows users to share clothes, not only with those near you. Deeply inspired by the RepRap project, OpenKnit is an ongoing project that waits to evolve organically with/for the community. There’s a long and exciting way full of possibilities to be developed, I can think about many of them, but happily some are still unknown. Join the project http://openknit.org/ Animation that shows how an OpenKnit machine works, by Sergi Rubio & Estel Roman https://vimeo.com/86889648 Knitic by Mar Canet and Varvara Guljajeva. http://www.knitic.com/ Do KnIt Yourself by Takahiro Yamaguchi. http://doknityourself.com/ Music by Cayucas, Cayuco from their album Bigfoot. https://cayucas.com

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          • Laser Cut Record


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            more info at instructables.com/id/Laser-Cut-Record/

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            • Primo


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              http://primo.io A playful tangible programming interface that introduces programming logic to children at pre-literate level. The goal of the game is to guide a smiling robot called cubetto to his destination by creating instruction sequences using colourful and intuitive instruction blocks. By creating these simple algorithms children learn the logical foundations of programming, necessary for more advanced coding later on in life. Video Music: Jahzzar - Planet Zero http://freemusicarchive.org/music/jahzzar/1up/planet_zero

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              • Robotagger: GML + ABB4400


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                GML (Graffiti Markup Language) drawings from 000000book.com are converted into DXF via a small Processing utility. Motion paths for a robot arm are developed from these DXF files using Rhino and MasterCam. The ABB IRB-4400 series arm is wielding a 2" Montana Hardcore marker. Developed 11 January 2010 by Golan Levin and Jeremy Ficca in the CMU Digital Fabrication Laboratory (dFAB). Concept: Evan Roth, F.A.T. Lab Programming & Production: Golan Levin Machining & Motion Planning: Jeremy Ficca Co-produced by the CMU STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and the CMU Digital Fabrication Laboratory, in cooperation with FAT Lab and 000000book.com. For more information please see http://www.flong.com/blog/archives/565.

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                • Numerically Controlled


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                  This project is a collaboration between MWM Graphics, aarn, and Paper Fortress Films. The process of creating a "drawing" using a numerically controlled Sharpie is documented in a short video. Vector graphics are converted into a tool path and then a machine language which controls a 3-axis CNC machine retrofitted with a special fixture that holds a marker and mimics hand pressure during the act of drawing. Thirty-three mechanical drawings in three designs were produced using this process. Vector Graphic Art: MWM Graphics -- [http://mwmgraphics.blogspot.com/] Digital Fabrication/Design: aarn -- [http://44rn.com] Video Production: Paper Fortress Films -- [http://paperfortressfilms.com] A limited number of drawings made using this process are available in the MWM Graphics Online Store -- [http://mwmgraphics.com/store.html]. Music: BATHS - "Lovely Bloodflow"

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                  • Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart - Laser Cut Acrylic Record


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                    Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart, laser cut on clear acrylic. more info at instructables.com/id/Laser-Cut-Record/

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                    • Piccolo the tiny CNC-bot


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                      Piccolo is a pocket sized open source CNC-bot. Using laser-cutting, off-the-shelf hardware and Arduino, you can make your own simple 3 axis robot. Attach a brush or pen to make a quick drawing robot, or extend Piccolo with sensors, custom toolheads, or by using multiple Piccolos together. Experiment with 2D or 3D digital fabrication at a small scale! Head over to www.Piccolo.cc for all the parts and instructions to build a Piccolo of your very own.

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