Compositional 3D printing: Expanding & supporting workflows towards continuous fabrication

Jeeeun Kim, Mark D. Gross, Clement Zheng, Daniel Ashbrook, Haruki Takahashi, Tom Yeh

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We present Compositional 3D Printing, recasting the 3D printer as a tool for expression that responds to real-time design decisions, analogous to composing a piece of music using a mixer. Our paradigm supports a wide range of inputs and interactions for designers, to be used in the moment; not only before printing, but anytime during production. We propose the design space of this digital fabrication paradigm, and outline methods and technical details with which researchers and practitioners can expand this space.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - SCF 2018
Subtitle of host publicationACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication
EditorsStephen N. Spencer
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450358545
StatePublished - 17 Jun 2018
Event2nd Annual ACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication, SCF 2018 - Cambridge, United States
Duration: 17 Jun 201819 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - SCF 2018: ACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication


Conference2nd Annual ACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication, SCF 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank Homei Miyahita and Abigale Stangl for their insightful comments, William Ridley and Jen Liu for elaborating the paper. This research is funded by NSF Grant No. IIS-1453771 and the Adobe Research Fellowship.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Association for Computing Machinery.


  • 3D printing
  • Creativity Support
  • Personal Fabrication


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