METHODS OF ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING
Various seminar, studio, independent study, and research work.
School of Architecture, Cockrell School of Engineering, Department of Art and Art History, and beyond.
In a remarkably short period of time, additive manufacturing (AM) has embedded itself into the main-stream consciousness. Often referred to as 3D printing, AM encompasses a range of methods, 3D printing being just one. There is also stereolithography (SLA), selective laser sintering (SLS), fused deposition modeling (FDM), digital light processing (DLP), polyjet matrix modeling, and laminated object manufacturing (LOM), with variations.
All forms of AM follow the same basic premise: a digital model is physically reproduced by the incremental build-up of material (polymer, metal, ceramic, foodstuff, biological mass, etc. - this list is ever increasing) through computer-numerically controlled (CNC) means, using a laser, nozzle, blade, projected UV image, etc. No material is removed, and thus none is wasted. The cost of producing many different objects is no greater than the cost of producing many identical objects - enabling our current historic shift from mass production to mass customization.
AM has been in development since the 1980s. The first patent for SLA was awarded in 1986; SLS was developed here at The University of Texas at Austin in 1986 by student Carl Deckard and his advisor Joseph Beaman. At once, the AM industry is both mature yet still in a nascent stage, and continues to develop rapidly. From 2011 to 2012, the global market for AM products and services increased 28.6%, from $1.7 to 2.2 billion.
This show features a collection of objects generated for a variety of purposes, created by a range of disciplines. They represent some, though not all, of the many AM methods.
University of Texas at Austin, Department of Art + Art History
R. Eric McMaster, faculty
Facemash; Art Soldiers; Digital Sculptor
University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture
Kory Bieg, faculty
Yang Chen, student
Sasha Doo, student
Lincoln Davidson, student
Jacob George, alumni
Soft Light, Spiral Light
Yung-Ju Kim, student
Ben Morris, student
Mitchell Peterson, student
Luke Stevenson, student
Evolutionary Form: Nudibranch
University of Texas at Austin, Cockrell School of Engineering
Dr. David Bourrell, faculty advisor
Research from the Laboratory for Freeform Fabrication
Dr. Ashish Deshpande, faculty advisor
Priyanshu Agarwal, Youngmok Yun, Dongyang Chen, Jonas Fox, Kaci Madden, and Dan Nguyen, students
Research from the ReNeu Robotics Lab
Dr. Carolyn Seepersad, faculty advisor
Dixon Correa, student
Research from the Product, Process, & Materials Design Laboratory
Negative Stiffness Honeycombs
Nimer Aleck, Solid Concepts, Austin
16 oz. Claw Hammer, Tiny Hammers 1 - 5
Daan de Hann, Jannie Schmitz, Ontwerpstudio, Netherlands
Elevated Graphic Collection | 2.5D Printing
Matt Fajkus, Will Meredith, John Ross, Clay Shortall
James Warton, Southern Methodist University, Dallas
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University Co-op Materials Lab