Blair Subbaraman

Research
    p5.fab
    Lab Automation
    Machine Maintenance

Project Archive
    Narrative Biosensing
    OpenPTrack
    @LAs
    The Buzz
    Entropy Bound
    Future Storytelling
    Biological Hydrodynamics
    Community Science
    Geometry Synth

Other
    Sketches
    Bookshelf
    Record Shelf


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p5.fab: Direct Control of Digital Fabrication Machines from a Creative Coding Environment



Machine settings and tuning are critical for digital fabrication outcomes. However, exploring these parameters is non-trivial. We seek to enable exploration of the full design space of digital fabrication. To identify where we might intervene, we studied how practitioners approach 3D printing. We found that beyond using CAD/CAM, they create bespoke routines and workflows to explore interdependent material and machine settings. We seek to provide a system that supports this workflow development. We identified design goals around material exploration, fine-tuned control, and iteration. Based on these, we present p5.fab, a system for controlling digital fabrication machines from the creative coding environment p5.js. We demonstrate p5.fab with examples of 3D prints that cannot be made with traditional 3D printing software. We evaluate p5.fab in workshops and find that it encourages novel printing workflows and artifacts. Finally, we discuss implications for future digital fabrication systems.