In this recitation, Luna and I made a rabbit using the basic shapes offered by Tinkercad. It is saved as a STL file and we turned it into a physical model by 3D-printing.
However, limited by the gravity and its structure, we are required to use some supporting parts when printing, and thus it looks like this.
I choose 3D printing because it can make things that are tridimensional more easily than other ways, given that we created a model not so suitable for laser cutting.
During my midterm projects and Stupid Pet Trick, I mainly used paper printing and handcrafts. However, the digital fabrication makes it possible for me to create more complicated physical parts more easily.
According to the reading, the invention of digital fabrication makes it possible to turn data into things and turn things into data. This ability triggers revolution in many industries, and most importantly, it shifted the way people thinks and acts in society. Therefore, when I am designing and creating my own project, I am also influenced by this revolution. The design is made up of separated parts that are changeable, and every thing can be fixed easily if I am not satisfied with it. The file is always accurate and is easy to duplicate — I can create as many counterparts as I want. There is still a long way to go, but through my work I feel the infinite possibility of this technology — that’s why it can trigger a revolution.
In the future I believe creating things will be even easier. For example, there will be more materials that we can chose, so we can design more things. Also, the process will be faster and the accuracy will also be improved. On the other hand the designing process will surely get improved — but it will certainly still be based on mathematics calculation, because that’s where the accuracy and the beauty of those curves come from.