The Fabrication Commons: Creative Agency Through Intuitive Interfaces

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    Render of the digitalized fabrication process of a bookshelf
    The Fabrication Commons
    Aleks Gontarz
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    Render of the versatile uses of the bookshelf
    The Hacked Home
    Aleks Gontarz
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    Timeline diagram of the four industrial revolutions
    The Four Industrial Revolutions
    Aleks Gontarz
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    Images of modular boxes fabricated by Studio Bark using a CNC machine, quickly assembled and being used during a protest.
    Studio Bark —Modular boxes for Extinction Rebellion
    Aleks Gontarz
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    Images of the work being done by Minimus studying the relationship between human and machine.
    Mimus — Project by Atonaton
    Aleks Gontarz
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    Diagram of the different components to be considered when in the process of creating. They are: space, knowledge, systems, design tools, physical tools, materials, users.
    Ecosystem for Making
    Aleks Gontarz
Author
Aleks Gontarz

With digital fabrication tools and networking technology becoming increasingly attainable and versatile, there is an opportunity for more people to become makers instead of just being passive consumers. How can we take advantage of this to foster larger local and global communities of makers? Most digital fabrication research focuses on a singular novel process or application of a tool, and not the actual relationship between the users and the entire fabrication process. To engage a broader audience with digital fabrication, I propose a user-centric ecosystem that attempts to seamlessly link all of the individual elements of the workflow. My research involves designing a series of prototypes for inexperienced makers that lower the barriers of complex workflows. By doing this, anyone can be empowered to shape their environment and cater to their needs and desires without relying on mass-produced goods. With more engaging, accessible methods of fabrication, people can benefit from the advantages of creating something themselves, and form communities that are more empowered and meaningfully connected.

Project Date
In progress