Nov.28, 2011

JoongHan Lee, a designer from South Korea recently graduated from the masters in Contextual Design at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. JoongHan Lee founded Studio Homunculus, a studio focusing on human-centered design to provoke a dialogue related to human behavior, psychology, and technology. He made this human 3D printing machine and presented at the Dutch Design Week. He has successfully brought craftsmanship into a computerized technology by allowing users to produce shapes from virtual object by moving the extruding gun which is attached to a haptic interface.

HAPTIC INTELLIGENTSIA is a human 3D printing machine that allows the user to tactually perceive the virtual object and to directly transform it into the physical. The user can freely move the extruding gun, which is attached to a haptic interface. When the tip of the gun is moved into a surface region of the virtual object, the interface generates forces under computer control, allowing the user to feel and touch the surface of the object.         

Without looking at the computer screen, the only way to visualize the virtual object is to pull the trigger and extrude the material along the feedback surface. The results are always unique and different, depending on how each user responds to the machine’s guidance. The sense of touch is no longer present in our current screen-based interface. HAPTIC INTELLIGENTSIA humanizes the 3D printing process, bringing the user a tactile relationship to the virtual object.

Source: Studio Homunculus (Homunculus -A representation of a human being, used to illustrate physiological, psychological, or other abstract human characteristics or functions. ) 

Posted by Anja in 3D Printing Technology

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