Fabricate It, Paint It – And Don’t Wait up: Separating Fact from Fiction in Digitally Sponsored Fabrication

  • Dermott McMeel
  • Robert Amor
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 369)


This paper offers perspectives on emerging trends in materiality and digital fabrication. It explores effects on communication practices and investigates how this changing materiality of data impacts collaboration and interoperability within design and making. Computer numerical controlled (CNC) routing and laser-cutting services are available in most major cities. Affordable kits for 3D printers, CNC routers and DIY KUKA robots are available across the Internet. A considerable part of the attraction of these tools is the ability to fabricate physical goods without detailed fabrication knowledge. We look at this phenomenon through two sets of examples, making furniture with a CNC router and making robots and tangibles with a 3D printer. In our examples it appears materiality remains an important factor throughout the process. We unpick these examples to shed light on how the technology impacts knowledge practices and ways of thinking during design and making.


Design digital media fabrication 3D printing CNC routing materiality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dermott McMeel
    • 1
  • Robert Amor
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ArchitectureThe University of AucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceThe University of AucklandNew Zealand

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