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Futurefactories: the application of random mutation to three-dimensional design

Dean, Lionel Theodore (2009) Futurefactories: the application of random mutation to three-dimensional design. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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    Abstract

    The title of the project, ‘FutureFactories’, describes an exploration of direct digital manufacturing and the use of this technology in creating new models for consumer product design practice.

    In additive fabrication itself, there is no economic advantage in producing identical artefacts: given this, and the free-form potential of a technology that can deliver almost any form imaginable, the project examines the possibility of modifying the design with every artefact produced. The aim is to create automated systems capable of volume production, establishing mass individualisation: the industrial scale production of one-off artefacts.

    This work explores the potential to combine parametric CAD modelling with computer programming
    to create animated meta-designs that change in real time. These scripts introduce a random computer generated element into each physical product ‘printed out’ using direct digital manufacturing. The intention is to combine qualities normally associated with the vagaries of the hand-made with the technical resolution of industrial mass-manufacture; whilst at the same time maintaining a coherent design and identity.

    The outputs from this practice-based research project consist of inspirational products ranging from gallery pieces to commercial retail products and, alongside the real-world artefacts, the scripted meta-designs from which they are created.

    The use of such software processes and real-time networks as generative tools, questions existing
    transient boundaries of practice, and exposes the irrelevance of conventional definitions of role. It is clear that the outcomes of such a new model of creative production cannot be thought of as
    traditionally conceived pieces. The outcomes of the research suggest that the resulting artefacts
    can be considered both functionally useful and as art. Outside of that, existing definitions convey
    little of the reality of their production, as they lie in some new, as yet unspecified, arena of
    production.

    Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
    Subjects: N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
    T Technology > T Technology (General) > T201 Patents. Trademarks
    Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
    Depositing User: Joanna Mahoney
    Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2010 16:16
    Last Modified: 12 Oct 2010 16:16
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/8799

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