Monday, October 19, 2015

HCDE Seminar Series: "Design Machines! Rapid Prototyping of Rapid Prototyping, " a talk by Nadya Peek

Design Machines! Rapid Prototyping of Rapid Prototyping
OCTOBER 21, 2015
4:30—5:20 P.M.
Digital fabrication has made it easy to rapidly prototype anything on demand in quantities of one. But what about producing a small run, with quantities of 100 or 1000? What if we don't want prototypes, but want a few high-tech products? Not yet at a scale where mass production makes sense, low volume production remains limited to markets where cost is less of a factor (e.g. military) or complexity is limited (e.g. handiwork and crafts). How can we make low-volume advanced manufacturing more accessible?
Rapid-prototyping of rapid-prototyping machines enables the precision and complexity of automation in production without the overhead of automation in mass-production. Nadya Peek builds many custom machines, but more importantly, machine building blocks and infrastructure to help anyone go forth and design machines.
About Nadya Peek
Nadya Peek is a PhD student at the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, a group at the intersection of the physical and the digital. She works on unconventional digital fabrication tools, small scale automation, networked control systems, and advanced manufacturing, and is currently teaching the MIT class "How to make something that makes (almost) anything." Nadya is an active member of the global fablab community, working on making digital fabrication more accessible with better CAD/CAM tools and developing open source (hardware) machines and control systems. Previously, she was an editor at Mediamatic in Amsterdam.