Title

Unnatural Materials

Publication Date

10-27-2021

Document Type

Presentation

Department

Design

Publication Title

TechFocus IV: Caring for 3D Printed Art

Conference Location

Virtual

Abstract

This presentation focuses on 3D printing with materials such as salt, chardonnay, curry and cochineal by the design studio Emerging Objects. The use of these novel materials within the field of additive manufacturing challenges the status quo of rapid prototyping which typically employs materials such as plastic and nylon for immediate analysis of form and scale, rarely do they offer other tangible qualities such as tactility, strength or aroma. Additionally, many of the materials developed by Emerging Objects for 3D printing, such as sawdust and rubber tires, can also be found in the waste stream as agricultural or industrial by-products and coupled with additive manufacturing can be transformed to offer new and seemingly unnatural possibilities.

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