As a departure point we will create small 3d additive drawing machines:

PART 1: You will be assigned 2 of these materials to explore thoroughly: Salt, Sugar, Sand, Plaster, Concrete, Plastic, Hot Glue, Clay, Wood, Bio-product, Silicone, Bread / dough. Explore your materials texture, weight, strength, capacity to be extruded or stacked, taste, smell, capacity to transmit light or other energies, other aspects of interest. Document all aspects of your  experiments. What are the potential ways we might use this material? What are its creative potentials?

Due Friday 9/11 > Format four 11x17 sheets documenting your explorations. Pin these up in studio for discussion, have materials on hand. *Store artifacts in cheap clear 16-oz Mason's jars.  

PART 2: Work with a partner to invent two simple 3d Additive Drawing Machines and techniques for depositing your two chosen materials. The two machines must be capable of a controlled deposition and must consider things like material viscosity, thickness, temperature, pattern, among other considerations. Your machine may be fed by gravity, manual low-tech and/or active creative techniques. Integrate gears, pulleys, motors, nozzles, as needed. Isolate your experiments to a modest 11x17 footprint.  

Version 01 due Monday 9/14 > Format four 11x17 sheets documenting your explorations. Pin these up in studio for discussion, have materials on hand for a demo.   

Coming up --- PART 3: We will be setting up a simple 1D linear actuator gantry in studio. You will work with a partner to create a singe amazing machine (also known as an "extruder" or a "robot end effector") to attach to this gantry.  You should expect that the gantry will only move repetitively back and forth in for up to 5 minutes per project. We will explore the speed, acceleration and duration of this motion using Firefly.   


You will work in a team of two to complete the following research on one of the topics below. The following should be collected into a single InDesign Document using a common 11x17 landscape template (will be provided).

Due Wednesday 9/16 > Format four 11x17 sheets documenting your explorations.

  • Hardware 1: Chart existing 3d Printer types from micro to macro scale (analyze and rank - size, material, other factors, everyday to exotic, etc)
  • Hardware 2: Explore how machines are being used in innovative ways to create big objects
  • Software 1: Chart existing 3d Printer software types (analyze and rank - everyday to exotic, etc)
  • Software 2: Explore how software is being used in innovative ways to engineer materials, guide tools, embed generative or biological models, etc.   
  • Material 3: Chart existing materials being 3d printed (analyze and rank - sustainability, accessibility, cost, strength to weight, everyday to exotic, etc) 
  • Material 3: Explore local or waste stream potentials that could be utilized in an innovative way or re-engineered to our benefit.