Surface Ornamentation as By-product of Digital Fabrication

Ashish Mohite, Mariia Kochneva

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The paper describes series of experiments directed towards devising methodology on utilizing 3D printer as a generative constituent of the design process. A method to manipulate G-code, as an interface between digital and physical, was developed in order to instigate emergence of textural patterning out of fabrication process. The idea of heterogeneous surface ornamentation as a negotiation of internal and external forming forces was translated into a design of controlled production process, in which specific surface topology was informed by printing parameters, such as variated speed of material deposition, tool path and disabled retraction and actualized in the material medium of plastic. Surface ribbing, as a technique to add or subtract mass from a surface, was programmed in G-code, allowing for iterative process and a range of effects to materialize. These effects, while designed, are not entirely uniform or pre-determined, which translates into pattern heterogeneity and unexpected deviation. While spontaneous variation is encouraged, the research seeks to develop a system of control. The value of presented experimentation is seen in the potential applicability of methodology for the enrichment of surface ornamentation apparatus and as a contribution to the work on the integral involvement of manufacturing machines in the design process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationShapes of logic : everything can be automated
EditorsKarolina Sikora
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-83-7493-011-6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventShapes of Logic: International Conference of Computational Design - Museum of Architecture Bernardyńska 5, Wrocław, Polska, Wroclaw, Poland
Duration: 26 May 201728 May 2017


ConferenceShapes of Logic
Abbreviated titleSOL
Internet address


  • digital fabrication
  • craft
  • ornament


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