Encoded Matter

"Even though the constant search for complete transparency brings newer, ‘better’ media, every one of these new and improved technologies will always have their own fingerprints of imperfection. While most people experience these fingerprints as negative (and sometimes even as accidents) I emphasize the positive consequences of these imperfections by showing the new opportunities they facilitate."  *

This projects explores traits - or fingerprints - introduced by low-cost 3D printing driven by computation. Writing code and digital fabrication are not neutral design media - i.e.  they facilitate modes of thinking and making and introduce a form and degree of mediation.

For this project I generated G-code directly from processing instead of using a mesh and replicator G or another program to do the translation. Talking directly to the machine allows you to not only control the overall geometry or form of an object but also the toolpaths and process of making an object.

A first series of tests explored different algorithms for generating G-code and the resulting material structures within a simple cube.  In a second series of objects these were used to build panels, assembled into objects derived from low polygon meshes. 

* Rosa Menkman in Glitch Studies Manifesto




Date: February 2012

Last updated: 10 years ago