Digital Patterning: Design, Computation, and Fabrication

In this presentation, Kory Bieg and Clay Odom, founding partners of Plume Design Lab and faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, will explore the design and fabrication of product systems that can adapt to a variety of spaces. The discussion will cover the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools in the early stages of design generation, and the translation of AI-generated images into fully parametric and functional 3D models. We will cover the potential challenges that designers may face when developing product systems tailored to uniquely irregular spaces, particularly considering the fabrication constraints associated with wood and metal materials. The presentation will include a comprehensive walkthrough of the process from start-to-finish, elucidating how digital objects are transformed into fabrication-ready parts. We will show how the incorporation of notation and code on the parts themselves can significantly diminish assembly time and the reliance on traditional drawings in the field. Beyond the technical aspects, the presentation will delve into our design ethos and our distinctive approach to product design. From showcasing initial design images to evaluating and selecting AI-generated outputs, we will offer a comprehensive examination of the entire design process-from the inception of a design sketch to the intricacies of fabrication and assembly. Attendees will not need to possess prior expertise in AI image generation, parametric modeling, or CNC fabrication tools, as we will walk through each step, providing high-level information about the entire process. The presentation not only promises a deep dive into cutting-edge design methodologies but will also provide valuable insights into the file-to-fabrication production process.

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