Tools as agents in design and making processes

Paul Loh, David Leggett

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Abstract

The inversion of knowledge structure in electronics prototyping platform has allowed designers and architects to design and build reasonably stable mechatronic systems to aid novel material production; these new and hacked computer numeric controlled (CNC) machines are used to explore emerging material constructs and facilitate generative design processes. This paper examines tool making and questions the agentive capacity of such tools in design processes through a case study of a bespoke CNC machine which uses vacuum thermoforming techniques. Through understanding the agentive capacity of CNC tools, the authors suggest that the knowledge structure of tool making is distinctly different from fabrication workflow. This paper proposes an alternative means of understanding the capacity of CNC tools in the design and making process.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProtocols, Flows and Glitches: Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2017)
EditorsPatrick Janssen, Paul Loh, Aleksandra Raonic, Marc Aurel Schnabel
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherThe Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA)
Pages799-808
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9789881902689
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event22nd International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia: Protocols, Flows and Glitches, CAADRIA 2017 - Suzhou, China
Duration: 5 Apr 20178 Apr 2017

Publication series

NameCAADRIA 2017 - 22nd International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia: Protocols, Flows and Glitches

Conference

Conference22nd International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia: Protocols, Flows and Glitches, CAADRIA 2017
Country/TerritoryChina
CitySuzhou
Period5/04/178/04/17

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