The “Intelligence” of 3D Printers
Figuratively speaking, 3D printers have an “intelligence” of their own – before creating a model they analyze it and decide whether it is possible to be printed and what position would be best, quickest and most efficient. Sometimes users get the final objects slightly different than what they imagined, mirrored or turned upside down for example. This fascinating occurrence can open doors to new design possibilities, stemming from a collaboration between the work of a designer and the work of the machine itself.
As part of this thesis research project, the combination of software and hardware in 3D printers forming an overall ‘intelligence’ of the machine will be investigated. This is an important aspect of digitization, because understanding the thought process of the machine itself will bring about a more stable control of makers over their designs.