Phantom Geometry Wins Gehry Prize, Develops New AM Process
Kyle.Maxey posted on October 25, 2012 |
Phantom Geometry Wins Gehry Prize, Develops New AM Process

The inaugural Gehry Prize was awarded this week to a husband and wife team from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Liz and Kyle von Hasseln developed the new method of additive manufacturing while completing their architectural masters thesis at SCI-ARC.

Wired has a great description of the project, “This work is centered on the development of a system for generating material volume from streaming information. The system uses UV light from a modified DLP projector to continuously and selectively cure photo initiated resin within a shallow vat system we developed for the project. The cured part is simultaneously and continually pulled away from the vat, allowing un-cured resin to flood in beneath it to be subsequently cured. The result is the material reification of streaming data that emerges along the motion path of the Staubli robot maneuvering the vat/projector apparatus."

“This system of fabrication relies upon native, real-time feed-back and feed-forward mechanisms, and is therefore interruptible and corruptible at any time. The streaming data input may be transformed or modified at any time, and such interventions impact emerging downstream geometry.”

What makes this technology so different from traditional AM technology is that it is a reactive production technique.  Phantom Geometry doesn’t print pre-defined models; it creates them on the fly.  While this might not appeal to the traditional AM user, it does point to an encouraging development. People from all disciplines are beginning to take notice of AM and are thinking of new ways to make this method of manufacturing work for them.

Read the Entire Article at Wired

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