work team: Tommaso Casucci, Michele Semeghini
This is a series of studies developed during a recent collaboration with Co-de-iT and is a step forward in a larger
research project focused on the exploration of the possible interactions
between digital computation and complex and selforganizing physical
The series is developed on the base of a small bit of code refined
during the ‘BioLogic:living structures and
swarm bodies’ workshop, aimed to facilitate direct communication from Processing
to FDM 3Dprinters through the generation of G-code instructions. Code is available here.
The studies main goal were to explore the combined use of generative design strategies and material computation, in particular the capacity of plastic threads to self-organize in curly
geometries once extruded from the printer.
Design exploration consisted at first in calibration and
mapping of the different material behavoiurs based on the variation of different extruding conditions. Parameters we found to
affect the most the extrusion were:
. extrusion length
. extrusion velocity
. nozzle height from the deposition plate
. nozzle size
Once a comprehensive catalogue have been refined, a series of design studies was developed were on one or more of the parameters above was varied according to modulate structural,
aesthetical or performative qualities during the extrusion.
A short selection of 3Dprinted samples and screenshots from the Processing application below :