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For the Dutch Design Week, we, the participants of the Minor Physical Computing, were asked to present experiments from the minor.


This experiment explores what a 3D printer has to offer beyond rapid prototyping.

It focuses on its ability to have a single production process that can produce different versions of a product. For this project I programmed a generative object that changed with every iteration. This is the first in a series of tests with which I'm exploring the possibilities of 3D printing and programmed objects.

The concept was that the object would grow throughout the week, eventually taking over the other projects. The computer generates random connection pieces which are connected through wooden pieces. The wooden connections created more volume, as it is not feasible to print the whole structure, as the speed of 3D printing is too slow. Also, the juxtaposition of the 3D printed elements with the most traditional building element created an interesting duality.