STF#8 - 2023: Workshops
FP08Circular Design & Fabrication – Impacting reality one parameter at the time
Delivered by Mamou-Mani, Fab.Pub and Rhino Developers, McNeel
Using Silkworm to create parametric G-Codes on WASP 3MT and Prusa 3D printers at Fab.Pub on Hackney Road, iterating between Grasshopper and physical outputs through a deep understanding of G-Code, from feed rate to extrusion ratios.
Push the capacity of our Delta WASP and Prusa 3D printers by playing with all the parameters behind 3D printing. You will be able to vary parameters as you print along polylines and link your geometrical parametric limits to create the unexpected with the 3D printers.
Circular Aspects of the Workshop
We will be learning about biomaterials such as different mixtures of Polylactic Acid and Polyamide, their use and reuse through our crusher and pellet based 3D printing as well as the reduction of materials through a deep understanding of G-Code and geometry for 3D printing in relation to parameters such as feedrate and extrusion rates. We will also study modularity in design to enable repurposing as well as local fabrication.
The goal is the understanding of the workflow from Grasshopper to 3D printing, anticipating outputs and controlling the factors to create unique pieces to be exhibited as part of the reception desk of the Shape to Fabrication conference.
The workshop will happen on the Saturday at Fab.Pub and we will print overnight. On Sunday we will gather for a roast lunch to reflect on the workshop with Arthur, Brian and the Fab.Pub team, and we’ll discuss the outcomes and challenges it presented.
Additional Workshop Team:
Jonah Maxted is formally trained as a Part II Architectural Assistant, specialising in digital fabrication throughout his studies at Oxford Brookes University. Jonah’s passion for digital fabrication led him away from a conventional architectural career, and he is now using his architectural design experience to enhance digital fabrication work. His hands-on approach, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills make him a valuable asset to the Fab.Pub team. Jonah is well versed in digital fabrication technology and is excited to innovate techniques and methodologies to achieve new outcomes.
Jing-Wen Chiou has a Master in Advanced Architecture and a diploma of Open Thesis Fabrication from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. Her specialties and area of interest are computational design and digital fabrication especially in 3D printing with robotic arms. Before joining the Mamou-Mani team she had 3 years of work experience in interior installation design, art installation, and software teaching in Taiwan.
Mandala Stool ©FabPub
Fab.Pub images ©naaro
- Each workshop attendee should have a their own laptop (Windows or Mac) with Rhino/Grasshopper installed
- A basic working knowledge of Grasshopper is preferable, but not essential
Arthur Mamou-Mani AA dipl, ARB/RIBA FRSA – is a French architect, and director of the award-winning architecture practice Mamou-Mani, specialising in a new kind of digitally designed and fabricated architecture. Arthur is a lecturer at the University of Westminster, and has given numerous talks around the world on “Eco-Parametric” architectural practice, including three TedX conferences in the U.S ,France and UK. A fellow of the Royal Society for Encouragement of the Arts Manufacture and Commerce, he has won the American Architecture prize, the RIBAj Rising Star Award and has recently been awarded the prestigious Pierre Cardin Prize for Architecture from the Academie des Beaux-Arts in France. In 2020 the Architects Journal named Mamou-Mani one of it’s 100 ‘Disruptor’ practices who are challenging the norms of traditional architecture practice in their drive to bring about sustainable alternatives. Alongside his architectural practice Arthur founded the digital-fabrication laboratory FabPub, allowing the public to experiment with large-scale laser cutting and 3D printing equipment in Hackney, London.
Giovanni Panico is a 3D artist from the fabrication world. After completing a degree in Biotechnology, he started a career in illustration and 3D sculpting. In 2014 he founded a fabrication space in his hometown of Parma making new technologies accessible to his local community. He has worked in many environments, from cultural heritage to jewellery, toy making and prosthetics. Giovanni has taken over the management of FabPub in Hackney, developing the space into a creative hub for 3D printing, laser cutting and modelling amongst other digital fabrication technologies.
Mathias Gmachl is an artist, designer, researcher and musician. He is internationally recognised for the design and fabrication of pioneering experiences and environments that radically rethink our future. As artist and activist he uses the power of imagination and storytelling to offer a radical and light footed vision for living on this planet.Before joining FabPub as a technical director he co-directed studio Loop.pH. Loop.pH was a spatial laboratory operating at the convergence of art, architecture and ecology. The studio formed a new creative practice that reaches beyond specialist boundaries and explores the role of art and design in public space by working outside of the gallery, museum and laboratory. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the V&A Museum, London, and Lord Norman Foster’s Private Art Collection, Geneva.
Brian Gillespie – McNeel
Brian is the Rhino Product Manager from Seattle, WA, USA. He loves understanding complex systems and building computational tools to make life easier for people.