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Stephan Everwin

Parametric Design and Creative Robotics - Leveraging Craftsmanship with Advanced Digital Technologies

Beginn des PhD-Programms / Start of the PhD-Program: WS 2020

Betreuung / Supervision:
Johannes Braumann

When artists and craftsmen work with drawings, manual tools and techniques to create objects by hand or in analog workflows their large body of knowledge and intuitive understanding of material constraints allows them to experiment and make adjustments to the design during the work process. With the proliferation of computers and technology many of these techniques have since been replicated and extended in digital design applications. But there is a gap between replicating analog techniques in a digital environment and the moment when digital design results are translated back into physical objects. In standard CAD-CAM workflows design and fabrication have become seperated, which restricts immediate feedback and the possibility to utilize inherent advantages of manual techniques when fabricating an intended design.

The proposed PhD project aims to address the potential synergies at the intersection of digital design tools and analog artistic techniques to create objects that go beyond what can nowadays be done by hand or achieved with CAD-CAM workflows. To pursue this objective industrial robot arms will be used to in the first step replicate manual techniques and in the second step leverage them with parametric design input. The result will be a series of use cases and prototypes that follow a „design by fabrication“ approach and showcase the potential of merging advantages of digital and physical techniques.

Kurz-Biographie / Short Bio
Stephan Everwin has a background in Automotive and Industrial Design. He started his career at the Porsche Design Studio in Zell am See and has worked on client projects in Architecture, Product and Transportation Design since 2009. With a keen interest in parametric design and digital fabrication his artistic research at Creative Robotics is focused on parametric form studies and synergies at the intersection of digital design ideas and their translation into physical objects.

Sculpting Clay with Industrial Robots © Stephan Everwin