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Nadya Peek

Autumn 2021

Memes of Production

This in-person DRG will meet once a week in Sieg Building.

Computer-Numerically Controlled tools have been around for more than half a century, but have only recently been taken up by users not considered professional technicians. CAD tools as a commodity and the popularization of 3D printers in particular have led to new groups of users participating in digital fabrication. In this reading group, we will explore contemporary practices of digital fabrication, the prototype-production spectrum, end-user fabrication tools, distributed production, open source hardware, and related topics.

In particular, we will read recent papers on digital fabrication, computational design, and related topics from HCI, robotics, design, graphics, STS, programming languages, and related fields.

After the first week, students will be expected to lead discussions on the readings. We will produce annotated bibliographies to help contextualize fabrication research and ground our own design and engineering practices. The schedule will have one hour of discussion plus two hours of assigned reading a week.
To apply to this DRG, send a CV and a few sentences of why you'd like to participate to prof Nadya at

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