Jan 15, 2015 | By Simon

While we’ve seen quite a few conceptual projects involving 3D printed objects ranging from stop-motion animated film to glowing architectural structures, perhaps few are as conceptual as this new project from French architects Jamil Mehdaoui and Brad Kligerman.

The architects, who also teach architecture at schools in Paris and abroad, have been busy over the past year developing FABMOBs|ATMOStag, a media and content creation company for digital fabrication.  Like others with conceptual ideas who want to test the market, they have chosen to put their idea on Kickstarter:  

While the company is focused on 3D content creation and digital fabrication as a whole, their primary focus is on capturing environments using a variety of data including representations of “an atmosphere”.  According to the design duo, their definition of an atmosphere consists of a tone or mood of a place, space or work of art that is evoked by our feelings and sensations for this thing...and their goal is to preserve these captures using 3D printing.  Their mission for the company is to challenge long held assumptions about architecture, space and technology by building with ‘invisible’ materials including atmospheres, weather, radio waves and digital media.

“[We] want to reveal the *forms and information* that we cannot ordinarily see: to make the immaterial> material; that which is virtual> physical; that which is digital> concrete,” the designers say on their website.

“For designers, it means that captured data will be coherently applied to the transformation of the mathematical representation of a three-dimensional surface of object, thus used to generate that object’s form.”

Once a 3D surface is generated and printed, the architecture-trained designers want users to use the resulting ‘tiles’ for installation purposes for reflecting on the atmosphere as it was gathered.   

“It simply means that a 3D model will be created based on captured atmospheric data, and that model is relayed to a 3d printer,” they add.  “This model can then be used in the design workflow that spans from conceptual drawing, technical 3D models, digital representations (images…), 3D printed physical prototypes… to manufactured product.”

In lieu of the recent Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, Mehdaoui and Kligerman captured the atmosphere of the public memorial on Sunday, January 11th and want to commemorate the occasion with a set of tiles that employs the use of their generative modeling system.

“As you are well aware, Sunday was a special day here in Paris,” Mehdaoui told 3Ders.   

“More than a million people went out into the streets to show their support for democracy. A city and nation is trying to heal after a terrible week.  [As] creators of FABMOBs, [we] walked into Sunday's manifestation, and used our resources as artists and developers to commemorate this event.“

The designers captured the atmosphere at the demonstration’s starting point at Paris’ Place de la Republique.  Their finished tile design was generated using the FABMOBs 3D printing platform with data concerning the population density at the demonstration applied later.  

“‘I am Charlie’ is our way of recognizing and paying homage to those events,” Mehdaoui added.  “It is the best way we know how.”

Currently, Mehdaoui and Kligerman are raising money through Kickstarter to help push their business forward and are offering everything from posters to 3D printed tiles as rewards.

“Our ultimate goal is to develop FABMOBs into both a robust platform and a sustainable business that builds innovative design solutions and projects in the 3d printing space,” the team said.

“This Kickstarter campaign is the cornerstone of that development process. It will serve to directly finance a massive production run to test the sensors, printers, software and networks.”


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