Wednesday, March 8, 2017

inFORMed Matter Workshops Series: Clay, Polymers & Biomaterials - March, April, May 2017, Turin (Italy)

inFORMed Clay matter March 24-26, 2017

inFORMed Polymers matter April 21-23, 2017
inFORMed Bio matter May 26-28, 2017
digifabTURINg – Fablab Torino

Via Egeo 16, Torino

The idea for these workshops rose from a collaboration between Co-de-iT, Fablab Torino, and Officine Innesto, based on ongoing Co-de-iT research called inFORMed matter.

The inFORMed Matter Workshops Series is focused on the exploration of nonconventional additive fabrication processes aimed at producing form through the morphogenetic properties of matter and by embedding further information structures during the fabrication process itself by mechanical (robots, printers) or biological (organisms) constructor agents.

Its goal is to step beyond the current state of prototyping, according to which the physical prototype should be as adherent as possible to its digital counterpart, making fabrication a purely replicational process. Instead, by coding and embedding additional levels of digital and material information, new physical and aesthetic properties arise. In this way, the production and digital fabrication phase becomes an integral part of the design process.

By exploring the code-matter-machine interaction process, the potential emergent behaviors of the system can then be studied while, by tapping into the self-organization properties of matter, a new sensibility towards computational design/fabrication process can be learned and exerted.


The inFORMed Matter Workshops Series will explore different material systems in three different workshops:

inFORMed Clay matter workshop

This workshop focuses on the exploration of an integrated digital design and manufacturing process developed through an additive process of ceramic mixture material deposition. By simultaneously understanding material behaviors and tool constraints, participants will acquire the necessary feedback to iterate through the design and production phases by means of custom made digital tools and a 6 axis robotic arm fabrication setup.

inFORMed Polymers matter workshop

This workshop explores the design potentials offered by midair deposition of polymeric material (ABS, PLA). This digital fabrication process is particularly suited for the production of complex lightweight spatial structures, engaging in the design and development of efficient extrusion paths necessary to physically fabricate their designs by means of a custom robotic 3D printing setup.

inFORMed Bio matter workshop

This workshop focuses on the implementation and deposition of living systems (microorganisms) as main materials and agents of transformation of organic matters. Participants will explore different design strategies by programming specific morphogenetic processes and robotic behaviors for the synchronized deployment of both substrates/scaffoldings and of the living materials. Combining the unique potential of computation, robotics, and biological building agents, the workshop will offer the opportunity to explore, algorithmically design, and fabricate temporary structures capable of supporting growth. By simultaneously understanding living materials’ needs and behaviors, as well as constraints, participants will acquire the necessary skills to iterate through the design and production phases by means of custom made digital tools, biological agents and a 6 axis robotic arm fabrication setup.

Registration deadlines:
inFORMed Clay matter workshop – March 17, 2017
inFORMed Polymers matter workshop – April 7, 2017
inFORMed Bio matter workshop – May 5, 2017

To register for one or more workshops please email

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