Generative design often finds shape in frac- tal-like objects produced by CNC milling machines and 3D printers. Not just for addicted fanatics, they are also useful in case you need to replace a part of your ancient vacuum cleaner you can’t order any- more. 3D printers offer the ability to print parts and assemblies made of several materials with different mechanical and physical properties in a single build process. The technology generates its own aesthetics. In a way it brings to mind the early days of Flash, or, for that matter, embroidery.
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Investigating the roots of open design and identifying its resulting technological, economical and societal changes, Atkinson contemplates the vast consequences this development will have for the design profession and the distribution of design. Paul Atkinson The concepts of open design … Continue reading