How 3D Printing Became a ‘Craft’ Technology

Published by , May 26, 2017 12:04 pm

(TheConversation)  The work of Australian designer Berto Pandolfo, shown in a new exhibition at Kensington Contemporary in Sydney, demonstrate that digital fabrication techniques like 3D printing offer new possibilities for design practitioners with a craft ethos. By using new technology to enrich rather than substitute traditional techniques, he is part of a movement that the writer Lucy Johnston has termed “the digital handmade” – designers that use emerging digital techniques to create desirable objects.
Craft is a contested term, but broadly it’s an approach guided by tradition, sensitivity to materials and manual techniques. Pandolfo’s show explores the place of 3D printing within such a practice. The result is objects that feel distinctive rather than mass manufactured, despite their online origins.

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