Making Data Matter – Voxel printing for digital fabrication of data

Developed by the team at the MIT Media Lab's Mediated Matter group, the following research demonstrates multimaterial voxel-printing method that enables physical visualisation of volumetric data.

Leveraging voxel-based control of multimaterial three-dimensional (3D) printing, their method enables additive manufacturing of discontinuous data types such as point cloud data, curve and graph data, image-based data, and volumetric data. By converting data sets into dithered material deposition descriptions, through modifications to rasterization processes, they demonstrate that data sets frequently visualized on screen can be converted into physical, materially heterogeneous objects.

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