inFORMed clay matter
This video has been accepted to be presented at Rob|Arch 2016 (robarch2016.org) through the Rob|Arch 2016 Call for Videos.
A. Erioli, A. Graziano, B. Demasi, S. Paradiso, T. Casucci, M. Semeghini
The inFORMed clay matter research project focuses on the exploration of additive fabrication processes (such as n-Dimensional printing, guided growth and/or assembly), aiming to inform (i.e. to give form) as in to produce form through the morphogenetic properties and capacities of matter by embedding further information structures within the fabrication process by means of mechanical (robots, printers, etc.) and/or biological (organisms – even synthetically built ones) constructor agents.
The sets of experiments presented in this video focuses on the computational design of behaviors for clay deposition through a 6-axis robotic arm. Generating patterns for speed, pressure, layer distance, head position/approach we engage clay’s morphogenetic abilities as an active part in the formation of the final outcome.
Through the exploration the code-matter-machine interaction process we can study the potential emergent behaviors of the system as well as learn and exert a new sensibility to the computational design/fabrication process by tapping into the self-organization properties of matter as a key factor in determining characteristics of the output shape.
Our goal is to go beyond the current ‘replicational’ state of prototyping (where physical prototypes are clones of their digital counterpart), by coding and embedding additional levels of information aimed at mapping and/or defining material features and behaviors as well as different deployment patterns from which physical and aesthetic properties arise.
The production and digital fabrication phase thus becomes an integral part of the design process.