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Neo-industrial biography, glass working and re-configurable toolmaking

Jorgensen, Tavs



Tavs Jorgensen
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The title for this exhibition (and presentation) is a reference to Samuel Smiles book: “Industrial Biography, Iron Workers and Toolmakers” (1863).
In this book Smiles discusses how advances in tool making was the driving force for the first industrial revolution in the 18th and 19th century.

The paper draws parallels with Smiles’ text and the current state of digital fabrication technologies. The contention is that technologies such as CNC Milling and certain 3D Printing methods have now achieved such a widespread level of diffusion that the most interesting use for these technologies is in a tool making role - rather than methods for the direct fabrication of artefacts.
The glass pieces shown in the exhibition are some of the results from an ongoing exploration of digital fabrication technologies in such tool making scenarios.
The focus of this particular project is to create reconfigurable tooling systems that can facilitate the production of a wide range of glass artefacts. The research also aims to explore a close integration of digital fabrication with analogue skills and ‘material knowledge’.


Jorgensen, T. (in press). Neo-industrial biography, glass working and re-configurable toolmaking. [Glass]. Exhibited at Los Angeles. 7 August 2015 - 15 August 2015. (Unpublished)

Exhibition Performance Type Exhibition
Conference Name SIGGRAPH (Hybrid Craft)
Conference Location Los Angeles, USA
Start Date Aug 7, 2015
End Date Aug 15, 2015
Acceptance Date Nov 5, 2014
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords reconfigurable tooling, glass slumping, neo-industrial, tool making
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : SIGGRAPH (Hybrid Craft)