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Saturday, October 6 • 2:15pm - 2:55pm
Out of Hand: Authorship and Robotics in Additive Manufacturing

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The definition of authorship, and the interaction between humans and tools, was explored during a series of classroom experiments that revealed the latent design opportunities within an industrial robotic arm during the additive manufacturing process. A diagnostic of a KUKA robotic arm identified opportunities in the movements of the arm as a means to explore alternative methods of depositing material and embedding prototype production as part of the design feedback process. As is the case with most technology, the manner in which designers choose to engage these tools can be varied, though it is often under the assumption that the technology will function as an efficient replicator; a means to an end in the translation of a digital model to physical prototype. 

This study contributes to the conversation around design automation, standardization, and ultimately designer authorship, by highlighting the importance of feedback between the designer and the production process. The methodology used in this study purposely sought to limit user operations in order to release control back to the design mediums: production technology, material, and digital input. This allowed the mediums to participate in the design process in unexpected ways, acting as a contributor, and not as a subordinate tool.

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James Kerestes

Assistant Professor of Architecture, Ball State University
James F. Kerestes is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning where he is also the director of HIVE: Design Collective, an interdisciplinary research group in the field of architecture and design.  James pursued academic... Read More →

Saturday October 6, 2018 2:15pm - 2:55pm EDT
Conference Room Eight

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