media artist << >> researcher

Digital fabrication processes are dominated by a traditional model:

Design object in software >>

Generate machine-code to realize the designed form >>

Wait [impatiently] for fabrication to complete >>

3D printing via liquid crystallization 
is a current research project exploring an approach to fabrication that is interactive, collaborative and more able to foster interactions for creative practice. 

To do so, the research focuses on two main aspects of the fabrication process : materials and user-interfaces.

In addition to fabrication speed, the material allows for structures that are typically hard to produce in deposition-based 3D printing.

Because of the light-weight crystalline structure, the tolerance for unsupported overhands is much higher than with layer-based 3D printing. 

On the materials side, we have been utilizing the intriguing properties of sodium acetate--a material that, when super saturated in water, is able to crystalize and solidify immediately upon deposition on the build platform.

This material property allows for structures to be built rapidly, at many rate many orders of magnitude faster than some traditional 3D printing methods. 

On the user-interface (UI) side, we are creating a system that breaks away from the traditional CAD >> Machine-code process, and allows for a more improvisatory, interactive interface.
Demos and source code of this system will be available soon.