Gilles Retsin's Digital Fabrication Experiments

January 09, 2017

As part of ongoing research with UCL's Bartlett Research Cluster 4, Gilles Retsin, Manuel Jimenez Garcia, and Vicente Soler have been experimenting with large scale discrete (digital) fabrication techniques, resulting in some fascinating functional structures.

"Discrete, or 'digital' fabrication processes are based on a small number of different parts connecting with only a limited number of connections possibilities. The design possibility, or the way how elements can combine and aggregate is defined by the geometry of the element itself - which leads to a “tool-less” assembly. The geometry of the parts being assembled provides the dimensional constraints required to precisely achieve complex forms." [Cheung,Gerschenfeld])

As the group continues their research they will explore fabrication techniques which are digital, rather than analog, discrete rather than continuous and increasingly fast and assemblage-based. Some of the research strands will specifically focus on the bridge between assemblage, voxelprinting and 3Dprinting.

Read more about the project here.