Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Reading Material

Here's a list of books I've read on digital fabrication, design, and geometric programming that I thought were particularly informative and interesting:


Digital Design and Manufacturing: CAD/CAM Applications in Architecture and Design by Daniel Schodek, Martin Bechthold, James Kimo Griggs, and Kenneth Kao


Architectural Geometry by Helmut Pottmann, Andreas Asperl, Michael Hofer, Axel Kilian, et al.


Manufacturing Material Effects: Rethinking Design and Making in Architecture by Branko Kolarevic and Kevin Klinger


 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Introduction

I've been 3D modeling for more than 25 years. I was involved in architecture early in my career and later 3D software development for over 15 years. Today I'm interested in furniture design, woodworking, as well as figure and abstract sculpture. 


My interest in digital fabrication technology specifically relates to furniture design/construction, art installations, and sculpture. I'm very interested in applying what I know about software development to generating form and rationalization of that form for fabrication. 


My blog documents what I've learned and the projects I've created. I'm sharing the information in hopes of allowing others to learn more easily.


What got me thinking about this was a visit to the Taubman College Digital Fab Lab. I'm a graduate of this college and was fascinated by the technology that was demonstrated for producing 3D objects.


I applied as a non-degree, student for the Fall 2010 semester and was accepted to take two courses - A509: Advanced Computational Geometry and A597: Digital Fabrication.


Beginning in Fall 2011 I began working towards a Master of Science in Digital Technology degree which I completed in June 2012. 

Today I work as a lecturer in geometric modeling as well as digital fabrication and robotics at Taubman College and the Penny W. Stamp School of Art & Design. I also maintain a consulting practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan.