With manufacturing going digital (e.g. 3D printers), there is an increasing need for computational algorithms. In this seminar, we will explore together the emerging and exciting field of computational fabrication: creating novel manufacturing solutions and products with the help of computational thinking and methods. Your main task in this seminar is to develop a Wikipedia page for a topic related to computational fabrication. We identify together the topics which are not well-represented, or occasionally mis-represented. You will develop a new topic from scratch, or improve an existing one. You will work in a group of two and keep the class informed about your progress.
This year, between November 19th and 22nd we will give a one-day visit to FormNext, the biggest 3D printing industrial show in Europe which will be held in Frankfurt (the travel costs are covered).Some examples projects in the field include
- Guide caustics (random shadow and highlights you see in the bottom of a swimming pool) to form arbitrary images (see the picture above), by carefully milling the surface of a transparent object.
- Program your 3D print to have a desired deformation and quantify the perceived force when pressing on it.
- Make your 3D printed ballerina model stand on one leg without falling, or even spin on it!
- Control the appearance of your 3D printed model, including its color, shininess or translucency.
- Convert your mesh to machine instructions and knit a jacket for your pet with now readily available desktop knitting machines.
- Different representations of objects in their pre-fabrication stage.
- Methods of creation of these objects and how the hardware works.
- Modeling the interaction of fabricated objects with the world surrounding them, such as light, sound and force.
- How humans, as the main arbiters, perceive the fabricated properties.
Time and Location
Fridays 10am-12pm in Room 0.08 of MMCI (E1 7). Kick off session on Friday October 18, 10am-12pm.
The seminar is addressed to students in computer science and other related fields who are interested in computational aspects of fabrication. A basic knowledge in visual computing is recommended, but not required.
- 75% The quality of your Wikipedia contribution.
- 25% Keeping class informed about your topic through in-class presentations and active participation.
Please pre-register for this seminar by sending an email to vbabaei at mpi-inf.mpg.de. The email should include the following information:
- Full Name
- Matriculation Number
- Current semester
- Motivation to participate in this seminar