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Post Industrial Manufacturing Systems: the undisciplined nature of generative design

Atkinson, Paul, Unver, Ertu, Marshall, Justin and Dean, Lionel Theodore (2008) Post Industrial Manufacturing Systems: the undisciplined nature of generative design. In: Proceedings of the Design Research Society Conference 2008. Sheffield Hallam University, 194/1-194/17. ISBN 9781843872931

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    Post Industrial Manufacturing Systems (PIMS) is a research program with the overarching aim
    to explore the impact of emerging technologies in Rapid Prototyping, Direct Digital
    Manufacture, Parametric Modelling and Generative Design software on the design process.
    The initial research project within PIMS involved an industrial designer working with a CAD
    programming expert in developing a software system that allowed the user to view various
    products or designed forms, which were continually randomly mutating in real time. The user
    could not affect the form itself or the mutation in any way, but could decide at which
    moment they wanted to ‘freeze’ the constantly changing form to create a unique, one-off
    item. The user could then purchase the product, at which point the relevant stl files were
    created by the computer and exported to a rapid prototyping machine to be manufactured.
    As this work progressed, various approaches were tried, including the random placement of
    a selection of predetermined elements within specified space envelopes. At this point, a
    second project was started involving a craft practitioner with the express notion of exploring
    the differences in approach between practitioners of different disciplines. This work has
    produced a system in which individual building block units are randomly assembled together
    within three-dimensional mesh forms that can be manipulated in various ways. When the
    process is complete the resulting object can be digitally manufactured.
    This paper will describe these different approaches to random generative design and discuss
    the implications for the disciplines of design and craft, their interpretation and meaning
    raised by this research. The experience of using these systems potentially opens the
    floodgates for amateur design and craft in ways previously unimagined. Developments such
    as these are clearly harbingers of a new era for design and craft and an example of the
    reshaping of disciplines.

    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Additional Information: 2008 Design Research Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, 16th - 19th July 2008
    Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
    N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
    N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture
    N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
    L Education > L Education (General)
    Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
    School of Art, Design and Architecture > Creative Interdisciplinary Research Centre
    School of Art, Design and Architecture > Creative Interdisciplinary Research Centre > Digital Media: Materiality and Performativity in Creative Practices
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    Depositing User: Ertu Unver
    Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2009 14:30
    Last Modified: 07 Sep 2011 09:37


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