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Digital Fabrication New Making Renaissance

UIST • 32nd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology

Turn-by-Wire (2019)

Computationally Mediated Physical Fabrication


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Advances in digital fabrication have simultaneously created new capabilities while reinforcing outdated workflows that constrain how, and by whom, these fabrication tools are used. In this work, we investigate how a new class of hybrid controlled machines can collaborate with novice and expert users alike to yield a more lucid making experience. We demonstrate these ideas through our system, Turn-by-Wire. By combining the capabilities of a traditional lathe with haptic input controllers that modulate both position and force, we detail a series of novel interaction metaphors that invite a more fluid making process spanning digital, model-centric, computer control, and embodied, adaptive, human control. We evaluate our system through a user study and discuss how these concepts generalize to other fabrication tools.

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Rundong Tian
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Vedant Saran
Mareike Kritzler
Florian Michahelles
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Eric Paulos