3D Printing and Digitisation

In the lecture this week we examined the notion of material transformation, and how it manifests itself into manual and digital processes. We concentrate on material-digital transformations and explore the kinds of experiences made possible by various processes of making.

Essentially digitisation is the conversion of a source of analog information, such as a photograph or a text article to a digital form, predominantly onto electronic devices, so that the information can be processed and stored through digital networks. Both the conversion of images and of text are digitised quite similarly, while audio and video conversion is carried out utilising one of a few different forms of ‘digital to analog,’ which is defined by converting the file without altering the original content by using a multi-level signal. The source is assessed by measuring the amplitude and the waveform of the files.

In my groups digital artefact ‘3D printing’ it correlates with material being transformed into a digital item then back into a material again. In our video it explains how the surgeon Dr. Austin believed that scanning the heart to create a 3D model could help them study the heart’s defects. Dr. Austin called the University of Louisville and they offered a MakerBot 3D Printer to create a replica model of the heart based on 2D scans.

3D Printing goes through phases before having the final product the first phase being the scanning phase where the object is scanned and processed into the computer which is now in a digital form. This digital form can then be used a blueprint for 3D Printing where the object is then printed out of the printer. The scanning process is a perfect example of object, digital and then the digital object is printed into an actual object.

Digitisation is becoming more recognised through the emergence of technology as society unintentionally phases out the use of analog files. It is revealed as so many people rely on digital technology sources to get through their daily routines. Digitization is a forever growing trend, as technology becomes more of a necessity than a privilege.






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  1. Hi Maddison, I really enjoyed your post about 3D printing. You have written a clear explanation. The only constructive feedback I can give would be to shorten your text, however your point had the be explained well, and you did extremely well to demonstrate what your message was. Thanks for the read! Charlotte.


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