Mary Lim

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

dfab: remarkable thing #1

Digital Design and fabrication poses new possibilities and challenges for nearly all fields ranging from medicine to how toys are made. What particularly excites me most, though, is the implications 3D printing has on architecture and creating new spatial experiences. Two years ago, ECOnnect created a solution in the case of a housing shortage, where one million could be produced a week. For about $10,000, a household in dire need of a home after natural disasters (like Haiti) could potentially buy this. (Read more here:

Along the same concept, Eric Schimelpfening created "WikiHouse," a printable house created with SketchUp. The pieces snap together, so only 100 screws are needed. Furniture can be easily rearranged and the design is customizable. (Read more here:

As we move forward as a society, the importance of sustainability will become ever more apparent. In reading, "How 3D Printing can Revolutionize Sustainable Design" by Asheen Phansey, I read how additive manufacturing allows for zero waste as opposed to subtractive. Since the product is printed "layer by layer," whatever is produced is usable. 3D printers also use plastics made of PLA, or polylactic acid, which can be heated and melted down again to create something new. 

More links: (implications for graphic designers) (devaluing form for designers)

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