Re-imagining Design and Manufacturing in the future
Tatjana Dzambazova, Technology Whisperer, Maker Extraordinaire, and Autodesk Sr. Product Manager hosted two live Master Class sessions at TED 2012 Monday this week titled “RIP MOD FAB Re-imagining Design and Manufacturing in the future.
The class flow was a 30 minute lecture with live demonstrations and then followed by a conversation and workshop. Tatjana covered three areas (RIP MOD FAB) from urban level down all the way down to the nano level. She covered the available technologies, convergences, and use cases.
From analog to digital: Using Reality Capture technologies like laser scanning and photogrammetry using Autodesk 123D Catch down to micro sensors and DNA sequencing.
Examples: digital historic preservation, education and access to scientific research such as paleontologist Louise Leakey captured important hominid and fauna fossils to 3D digital models for everyone to explore on AfricanFossils.org, real live measurement of energy performance of buildings, or just for fun.
Modifying of digitized data (analysis, simulation) and the revolution that infinite computing brings.
From digital back to analog: Discussed various democratized fabrication methods, laser cutting and 3d printing and the power it brings to anyone creative to participate in the creation of the world around us.
Examples: Laser cutting designs and prototypes for work, education, art or for fun. 3D printing objects, food, homes, bio printing and DNA printing, art, or just for fun.
Workshop material: Introduced Autodesk 123D Make that takes any 3D digital model and produces a vector, laser cut pattern that can construct that 3D model out of flat parts.
Attendees were then gathered around the machines such as the MakerBot, FARO Laser Scanner, NEXTEngine scanner, Epilog laser cutter where they received instructions about the machines, as well as instructions about the provided assembly kits that they grabbed to take and make themselves after TED.
Some of the kits
Attendees also received a Headphone Wrap creation by post grad student Alex Wall sponsored by Ponoko .