Title: In and out of control: latent opportunities within an additive manufacturing process

Authors: James F. Kerestes; Alayna Davidson

Addresses: College of Architecture and Planning, Ball State University, 3401 North Tillotson Avenue, AB 402, Muncie, Indiana 47306, USA ' College of Architecture and Planning, Ball State University, 3401 North Tillotson Avenue, AB 402, Muncie, Indiana 47306, USA

Abstract: Technology can become an active participant in the design process when users refrain from dictating how a tool should operate and perform. When digital and physical mediums are given participatory roles or authorship in the production of objects, the accepted conventions and typologies of design can be challenged and pushed beyond what is conceived to be possible and plausible. The research described in this article will explore the latent capabilities found within the equipment and materials utilised throughout the additive manufacturing process, and will examine their potential to incite form generation, material behaviour and fabrication. The focus will be on production methodologies that utilise material extrusion for the fabrication of physical objects. A series of production trials will explore and expand the origin of tectonic aesthetics relative to construction means and methods.

Keywords: tool autopsy; robotics; additive manufacturing; material; machine latency; behavioural logic; idiosyncrasies; emergence; post-digital; computation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJRAPIDM.2018.092903

International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing, 2018 Vol.7 No.2/3, pp.103 - 119

Received: 02 May 2017
Accepted: 05 Oct 2017

Published online: 18 Jun 2018 *

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