September - 2021
Ph.D. - KU Leuven
The early nineteenth-century industrial revolution brought with it the necessity for measurement and precision, as pieces had to fit together and be mass-produced to tolerances. This pursuit of precision in industry gave rise to new professions such as metrology, as well as a wealth of modern machinery and devices. Several of these technologies, including digital fabrication machines, have become widely available and accessible to makers, DIY enthusiasts, researchers, and educators in a variety of fields over the last decade. While the widespread availability of digital fabrication tools allows many people outside of the engineering field to experiment with new ideas and prototype physical artifacts, these novel technologies also expose users to the very precise specifications used in industry, for which digital fabrication machines and supporting software tools were originally developed. Measurements and exact specifications, on the other hand, are a major cause of errors in fabrication operations. This research assessed fabrication, prototyping, and craft from a measurement approach, with a focus on their user aspects, and describes many unique fabrication methodologies that demonstrate how to fabricate without the use of explicit measurements.