The digital space between creator and object has fundamentally changed not only the way in which objects are made but also what it means to be a creator/maker.
This digital space processes commands, or even generates those commands, guiding material and form realized in the physical world. It is a space wherein corporations lay claims, governments try to regulate, and individual explorers experiment, discover and map new territories.
The use and evolution of the term Rapid Prototyping, to 3D Printing, to Additive Manufacturing, are indicative of the changing angle of a technology’s line of progression within a context. The term Digital Fabrication better encompasses a wide breadth of contemporary technologies of which Additive Manufacturing is one type (actually, many).
The course will focus simultaneously on the technical aspects of digital fabrication as well as its cultural role and implications. From an historical perspective the field is still in its infancy, there is still much territory to cover – now is your chance to explore!