inFORMed Matter Workshops Series: Clay, Polymers & Biomaterials - March, April, May 2017, Turin (Italy)

inFORMed Matter Workshops Series: Clay, Polymers & Biomaterials
Grasshopper & robotics workshop
inFORMed Clay matter – March 24-26, 2017
inFORMed Polymers matter – April 21-23, 2017
inFORMed Bio matter – May 26-28, 2017
digifabTURINg, Fablab Torino
Via Egeo 16, Torino

The workshops idea rises from a collaboration between Co-de-iT, Fablab Torino, Officine Innesto based on an ongoing Co-de-iT research called “inFORMed matter”.

The inFORMed Matter Workshops Series focuses on the exploration of nonconventional additive fabrication processes aimed at producing form through the morphogenetic properties of matter and by embedding information structures during the fabrication process itself by mechanical (robots, printers) or biological (organisms) constructor agents.

Its goal is to step beyond the current state of prototyping, in which the physical prototype is as close as possible to its digital counterpart, making fabrication a purely repetitive process. Instead, by coding and embedding additional levels of digital and material information, new physical and aesthetic properties arise. In this way, the production and digital fabrication phase becomes an integral part of the design process.

By exploring the code-matter-machine interaction process, the potential behaviors of the system can be studied. By tapping into the self-organization properties of matter, a new sensibility towards computational design/fabrication process can be learned.

The inFORMed Matter Workshops Series will explore different material systems in three different workshops:

inFORMed Clay matter workshop

This workshop focuses on the exploration of an integrated digital design and manufacturing process developed through additive processes of ceramic mixture material deposition. By simultaneously understanding material behaviors and tool constraints, participants will acquire the necessary feedback to iterate through the design and production phases with custom made digital tools and a 6-axis robotic arm fabrication setup.

inFORMed Polymers matter workshop

This workshop explores the design potentials offered by midair deposition of polymeric material (ABS, PLA). This digital fabrication process is particularly suited for the production of complex lightweight spatial structures. Participants will explore the design and development of efficient extrusion paths necessary to physically fabricate their designs through a custom robotic 3D printing setup.

inFORMed Bio matter workshop

The workshop focuses on the implementation and deposition of living systems (micro-organisms) as main materials and agents of transformation of organic matters. Participants will explore different design strategies by programming specific morphogenetic processes and robotic behaviors for the synchronized deployment of both substrates/scaffoldings and of living materials. Combining the unique potential of computation, robotics, and biological building agents, the workshop will offer the opportunity to explore, algorithmically design, and fabricate temporary structures capable of supporting growth. By simultaneously understanding living materials’ needs and behaviors as well as constraints, participants will gain the skills to iterate through the design and production phases with custom made digital tools, biological agents, and a 6-axis robotic arm fabrication setup.


inFORMed Clay matter workshop – March 17, 2017
inFORMed Polymers matter workshop – April 7, 2017
inFORMed Bio matter workshop – May 5, 2017

To register for one or more workshops please email:

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Posted Mar 08, 2017 by Elena Caneva on Rhino News, etc.