Digital Fabrication by Kim Williams (eds.)

By Kim Williams (eds.)

The iciness 2012 (vol. 14 no. three) factor of the Nexus community magazine gains seven unique papers devoted to the topic “Digital Fabrication”. electronic fabrication is altering structure in basic methods in each part, from notion to artifact. tasks turning out to be out of analysis in electronic fabrication are depending on software program that's solely surface-oriented in its underlying arithmetic. judgements made in the course of layout, prototyping, fabrication and meeting depend on codes, scripts, parameters, working platforms and software program, developing the necessity for groups with multidisciplinary services and diverse talents, from IT to structure, layout, fabric engineering, and arithmetic, between others The papers grew out of a Lisbon symposium hosted through the ISCTE-Instituto Universitario de Lisboa entitled “Digital Fabrication – A country of the Art”. the difficulty is finished with 4 different study papers which deal with assorted mathematical tools utilized to structure, together with geometric tracing structures, proportional platforms, descriptive geometry and correspondence research. the difficulty concludes with a booklet review.

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Technology has always existed, in the past this was referred to as tools. A shell used to produce a specific sound for long range communication between aborigines in Oceania is not that different from a WiFi enabled device that allows New Yorkers to create blogs. Both shaped (and still shape) landscapes: the landscape created by social interactions that are not bound solely to physical presence, and the physical space needed for social interaction. We shape tools but tools shape us as well, not always in the way we envisioned whilst designing them, or not for the purpose they were created to serve.

To the central web of the T-bar, a flat bar the same thickness and width as the central web was beveled and arc welded. The joint was ground, filed and sanded until seamless and the shiny surface was reheated with an oxy acetylene torch until black again. Overgrinding was always something to be mindful of, for as soon as the weld surface dipped below the adjoining sections, the only course of recoveryy was to break the weld and start again. The inner and outer radii of the rolled T-bar and the feathering of its tapered flanges, set a geometric tone for key positions where the chair’s limbs would end or meet others.

In the two units beneath us were a shopfitter and an octogenarian wood turner. Next door below were silversmiths working above a frame gilder, and further along a prestigious upholsterer, and a team of 446 Bob Sheil – Manufacturing Bespoke Architecture glassblowers. Although,not formally organized, the range of skills being practiced was highly influential and complimentary to our aims as architectural graduates. We could witness at close proximity the vibrancy and vulnerability of an urban micro-industry, and realise how little our education did to make us aware of how direct engagement with its potential could inform our design strategies.

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