A short video about the Exquisite Corpse show that prompted the Venus of Google. I’ve never been so myself during an interview, makes me laugh. 

The show will be on until Friday, in Farringdon, London. Details here

Digital informal economies

During a recent interview I was stumped when asked to make predictions about the future commercial development of 3D printing, and the consumer / DIY divide. I don’t see myself as a futurist nor am I terribly motivated by commercial enterprise, but this one looming question has incentivised me to deliver some (hopefully) inspiring thoughts posted below.

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Room Collapse Tests using a 3D scan of my kitchen, different mesh collapse algorithms, and paper folding software.

Sampling and remixing objects

Makerbot have kindly published my views on object sampling here. In summary I see a future in popularising a design approach of making variations, iterations and mash-ups of existing objects by combining 3D scanning, computational ‘remixing’ and 3D printing.

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GeneratorX 3.0 from code to atoms, an iMal workshop led by Marius Watz where I developed the tSet();

The tCup(); is now available on thingiverse http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:19719 

Parametric tPot(); generator. Input: 3D Scan, Output: Iterative physible. Made w/ Processing by @m_pf

Processing success with exporting color stl files, for the purpose of printing in multicolor which is on discount this month. Generative colour meshes/ objects coming soon :)

Processing success with exporting color stl files, for the purpose of printing in multicolor which is on discount this month. Generative colour meshes/ objects coming soon :)

Improving my parametric processing GUI.

Improving my parametric processing GUI.

tSet(); (new improved photo)

tSet(); (new improved photo)

tPot(); and tCup(2); at the Generator.x 3.0 exhibition at iMal

tPot(); and tCup(2); at the Generator.x 3.0 exhibition at iMal

tPot(); tCup();

tPot(); tCup();

tPot(); tCup();  A tea set is created by sampling and remixing existing objects using 3D scanning from photographs (via hypr3D.com) and a custom made processing sketch that works as an interface to manipulate meshes and create ready-to-print files.

Vase 3. 3D scanned vase modified using the processing (+hemesh) sketch I’ve been working on that imports stl files, parametrically distorts them (i.e. twist), adds thickness, and neatly crops them ready for print. Here at the iMal / Generator.x 3.0 workshop we are using makerbots, this print was done on a thing-o-matic.