Created by Brian Harms, the aim of this project is to blur the line between processes of design and fabrication by increasing the fluidity of the fabrication process through coordinated material and robotic processes. Thanks to gelatinous medium and the process injecting and suspending light-curing resin, one can shape freeform objects without the need for molds or supporting structures. In addition, the process allows for tool changes, manual injections, on-the-fly robotic injections, multi-material injections, live modification of the digital or physical model, and the ability to physically "undo" (resin removal via suction or scooping).
The gel acts as an omnidirectional support material which is reusable, so there is no wasted material. By injecting and suspending light-curing resin in a gelatinous medium, one is afforded the ability to shape freeform objects without the need for molds or other subtractive manufacturing processes that would otherwise be necessary. The gel acts as an omnidirectional support material which is reusable, so there is no wasted material.
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