Machine Agency
Human Centered Design and Engineering, University of Washington
Our work harnesses the precision of machines for the creativity of individuals.
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Research
Direct control of a machine (right) from Rhino/Grasshopper (left)
Interactive Digital Fabrication Machine Control Directly Within a CAD Environment
Enabling control of digital fabrication machines from a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) environment, including interactive control of toolpath geometry as well as machine parameters such as speed, acceleration, or jerk.
taxon transforms scattered resources for machine use to a unified language
Taxon
A language that encodes machines, workflows, and rules of thumb as programs. Taxon applies the safety and extensibility of programming to hands-on making.
collage of plots from plotter twitter
Studying #PlotterTwitter
We conducted a qualitative study of #PlotterTwitter and found that makers champion creative exploration of materials over a predictable series of steps.
collage of student projects from online digital fabrication courses
Teaching Digital Fabrication Online
Through interviews, we found that learning with hobbyist equipment and online social networks could emulate using industrial equipment in shared workshops.
two lamifold mechanisms
Lamifold
Lamifold is a workflow for making functional mechanical objects using a laser cutter.
CAD representation of Jubilee machine
Jubilee
Jubilee is an open-source hardware machine with automatic tool-changing and interchangeable bed plates.
Mockup of interface with language and GUI elements
Machine-o-Matic
Initial investigations into representing parts of fabrication workflows as programs.
Schematic Representation of Fabricatable Machine Modules
Fabricatable Machines
A Toolkit for Building Digital Fabrication Machines.
Various cardboard machine configurations
Cardboard Machine Kit
A framework for the rapid prototyping of rapid prototyping machines. Modular hardware, modular electronics, and modular software.
Popfab briefcase on a grassy field
Popfab
A portable, multi-purpose digital fabrication tool that folds into a briefcase.
Diagram of makerspace setup
Material Flow in Makerspaces
An investigation into the practices that makerspaces around the world use to keep track of their materials.
Agents
Field Agents