Why do you use additive manufacturing?
Additive Manufacturing allows me to work with more complex geometries than if I were to use more traditional means of fabrication along with an investigation and a new understanding of ‘material‘ and its implications for new applications in art, design and architecture. Contrary to subtractive and formative means of production these processes require a new way of thinking about material and structure.
How did you find FIT?
I found FIT through netfabb, as I was originally interested in Selective Space Structures for a project I was working on. After a visit to FIT we decided to start collaborating on a productline, some research work through Columbia University and also some fabrication projects.
What are the possibilities of additive manufacturing for art & design?
The possibilities I would say are pretty limitless, especially as materials are becoming stronger and are able to withstand being outdoors. For me the most interesting are multistep processes, when postproduction not only enhances the visual results but also strength and longetivity of the work piece. Most of the applications I have been involved in were in the areas of art & design. But with time these will also have huge impacts in the fields of architecture. On site 3D printing will soon be reality.
How has the digital influenced art & design?
It has changed the way we think about structure and material. We are no longer working from a sheet of metal, but we are defining what that material is. So not only have we moved away form 2D representations and are solely working in the 3D realm, we are also defining the most primitive material structure. Currently only homogenous material structures are possible, but I’m sure once we can produce composite additive materials, the possibities will be endless.
How difficult is it in this day and age to develop something new?
Almost impossible. Through the use of the digital we have become slaves to the computer and technology. Visionary thinking in the world of design has become quite rare. Everyone relies on parametric etc. tools and therefor a lot of wkhat is being produced looks the same. This is one of the aspects why I like working with FIT – they think outside the box and are interested in going beyond the norm.
How does the interaction between designer & fabricator work?
We spend a lot of time talking and trying to understand each other. What is possible from the engineering and manufacturing side? What is essential in terms of design aspects? How can these two come together and form one coherent object? It takes time and trust to develop a really great working relationship.
How does FIT support you during the process of realization?
We have developed a good system pre-production and proofing, along with updates during the fabrication and assembly process. FIT is responsible for everything from when they receive my files to when I receive the shipment.