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Additive assembly of digital materials

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dc.contributor.advisor Neil Gershenfeld. en_US Ward, Jonathan (Jonathan Daniel) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. Program in Media Arts and Sciences. en_US 2011-04-04T16:29:42Z 2011-04-04T16:29:42Z 2010 en_US 2010 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, 2010. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 43-44). en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis develops the use of additive assembly of press-fit digital materials as a new rapid-prototyping process. Digital materials consist of a finite set of parts that have discrete connections and occupy discrete space. Part geometries were designed and fabricated at different scales from different materials, including hierarchical voxels which connect across different scales. All parts were designed to be vertically assembled with top and bottom connections. Digital materials are discussed as a new way for building physically reconfigurable, multi-material 3D structures. The parts were designed with press-fit connectors to build reversible assemblies to take full advantage of reuse and recycling. This document starts by describing some current technologies in the fields of rapid-prototyping and personal fabrication. The concept for a press-fit digital materials is defined and explained. Many part designs are documented, including conductor and insulator parts for SOIC-pitch 3D circuits and hierarchical assemblies. This thesis concludes with the design and concept for assembly machine to automate building functional digital materials. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Jonathan Ward. en_US
dc.format.extent 44 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Architecture. Program in Media Arts and Sciences. en_US
dc.title Additive assembly of digital materials en_US
dc.title.alternative Digital materials en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. Program in Media Arts and Sciences. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 709718636 en_US

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