A couple of nice fast prototyping techniques photos I located:
Approaching the Nanofax Singularity
Image by burtonwood + holmes
Approaching the Nanofax Singularity
“Everything the name implies,” says Klaus, “and significantly much less.”
“What’s that supposed to mean?”
“Nanofax AG delivers a technologies that digitally reproduces objects, physically, at a distance. Within particular rather large limitations, of course. A child’s doll, placed in a Fortunate Dragon Nanofax unit in London, will be reproduced in the Lucky Dragon Nanofax unit in New York-”
From All Tomorrow’s Parties, by William Gibson.
Published by Putnam in 1999
The theme for the tenth edition of Version Fest is Territories and Infrastructure. Infrastructure is represented in our lives by fiber optic cables delivering the information that keeps us trucking. It is the faucet delivering water to our property, the asphalt we drive on, the flight program our pilot requires. Infrastructure is the bridges, the networks, the grocery shops. It is the logistical machine the keeps modern life rolling on. But infrastructure is not just the pipes, and the tubes, and the faucets that deliver culture, but the material and strategies that manufacture these pipes, tubes, cables and what not. Infrastructure is the tools we use to produce.
Not too long ago a new raft of technologies have entered the digital domain, these tools for replicating and manufacturing have already quickly changed the way we think about producing factors. For artists today these techniques and methods represent a new infrastructure.
Approaching the Nanofax Singuarity is a two day symposium featuring presentations and exhibits by artists and designers utilizing the most recent techniques in digital fabrication and replication. Hardware as soon as the sole domain of engineers and scientists have grow to be considerably more accessible in the last 5 years. Advanced by open supply technologies, dedicated hacktivists, tinkerers and homebrew engineers have brought this infrastructure from the lofty heights of the machine shop into the alt space network. Now it is possible for designers with a tiny price range and workspace to make use of tools and gear such as three-d printers, RepRap, CNC machines, three-d scanners, laser cutters and so forth.
So whether it is generating the tools to make the art, or producing the art with the tools we’ve created, or creating the art with open source tools, there exist numerous possibilities and choices for designers and artists to interact with new digital fabrication techniques. Approaching the Nanofax Singuarity (ATNS) seeks to show case some of these artists at the moment operating in this field right here in Chicago.
Margarita Benitez operates with fiber, sound and technological elements in her practice, she will speak about her new project osloom an open source jacquard loom she is presently building. DIYLILCNC is a collaborative project by artists Chris Reilly and Taylor Hokanson. Their project is a low cost open supply DIY 3 axis CNC mill. Chris and Taylor will demonstrate the machine and talk about CNC technologies in basic, some of the shortcomings of the present state of CNC and how those are addressed by open-supply hardware projects like the DIYLILCNC. We’ll also go more than the specs of the DIYLILCNC, providing details about how it is built and its functions. (f)utility projects are a collaboration between Paola Cabal, Michael Genge and Christopher Grieshaber. Preceding projects include Depth of Field at the moment on view at SubCity Projects in Chicago. (f)utility projects will be making the ATNS pavilion at the NFO XPO. The pavilion will host exhibited projects by ATNS artists. Claudia Hart produces styles for sublime landscape gardens frequently containing expressive and sensual female bodies meant to interject emotional subjectivity into what is typically the overly-determined Cartesian world of digital design and style. Mik Kastner and Brian Matthew are members of the Bio Art Network they will speak about their “bio printer” a rapid prototyping machine that will produce organic sculptures from plant and animal cells. Patrick Lichty is a technologically-primarily based conceptual artist, writer, independent curator, animator for the activist group, The Yes Males, and Executive Editor of Intelligent Agent Magazine. Lichty will exhibit his Pixelbox series, laser reduce LED pieces whose straightforward look belays an experiment in emergent behavior. Dan Price combines sculpture, overall performance and experimental documentary practice. His current project Tentacle Shelter will be a wearable “shelter” for a kid – like a costume/cape/tent made in thick felt. For ATNS Price tag will exhibit a laser cut model and prototype for the shelter. Ben Stagl investigates urban space via a range of mediums like sculpture, overall performance, video, and installation. Stagl is largely concerned with how human beings continue to address and encounter shared spaces. A lot of of his projects discover ideas of inclusion by way of object, often involving collaboration and components of participation.
Taken with each other these artists articulate each sides of the coin in terms of digital fabrication. Whether or not their project is to make the tools of production and distribute them freely to others. Or take up these tools and create new works through the CNC machine, bio printer, fast prototyper or the laser cutter their operate is at the leading edge of modern day manufacturing tactics.
The universe is hacking, it is computer software, it’s mobile net, it’s rapid prototyping, it is hardware hacks, the thought of digital infrastructure for artists and designers just goes on and on. The current post in Wired by Chris Anderson points to this momentum and suggests that what Kinkos was to the 80’s and 90’s so fast prototyping and it’s numerous cousins will be to the tens or whatever this decade is going to be referred to as.
Tom Burtonwood, April 2010
Aalborg Workshop with illutron
Image by geekphysical
illutron & GeekPhysical teamed up to bring an intense 3 day workshop to Aalborg University students. Day 1 was with Vanessa and introduced students to rapid prototyping, finding out from the sector, design and style in the genuine planet, design and style approaches and introduction to Arduino. Day 2 and three were get-dirty days with Dzl and illutron member Christian Liljedahl as they tore into scrap electronics, toys and other ‘junk’ to aid students identify components and their properties, and generate intriguing projects that had been displayed for family, buddies, and the public in an exhibition the subsequent day.