Pebble Garden Machine Dry Landscaping by Elizabeth Teo

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Pebble Garden Machine

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Dry Landscaping

INSPIRATION:
The design process is inspired by traditional forms of East Asian landscaping heritage, namely rock gardens. However, the dynamic forms, material mixture transition and counterintuitive structural behavior of generated artifacts hint towards a contemporary technique and a perspective that departs from historical forms of dry landscaping.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The pebble garden machine is an additive manufacturing process we developed for dry landscape design. It deploys coarse randomized aggregates, assembled by an industrial robot into three-dimensional structures. It is perhaps the first application of 3D printing for dry landscape design and fabrication.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
In so far as traditional rock gardens do not mimic nature, our designs also aim to stimulate inquiry, in place of meditation, for how objects of the physical world surrounding us are created and operate.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The development started in February 2018 and finished in November 2018, and currently exhibited at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The sculptural artifacts are 3D printed using an industrial robotic arm equipped with an adhesive dispenser. They are fabricated by depositing thin layers of pebbles, commonly used for landscaping and construction, followed by binder jetting to fuse pebbles into solid objects.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The largest artefact measures between 0.2 and 0.2 m in plan and its central feature rises vertically to 0.6 m. The aggregate size is approximately 3mm with density 2 g/cm3.

TAGS:
Pebble Garden, Dry Landscape Design, 3D Printing, Randomized Assemblies, Digital Design

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The project investigates additive manufacturing with one of the most archaic materials for design, namely stone. The objective is to explore contemporary methods for approaching masonry and dry landscaping, create a process that can produce larger objects than rapid prototyping 3D printers and produce a range of suggestive artifacts.

CHALLENGE:
We aimed to design objects that upon cursory inspection appear naturally situated within the rock garden heritage but upon closer examination, for how stone can suspend itself mid-air, they would trigger inquiry and imagination. Technically, process control to achieve optimal binder penetration for ensuing fusion while the presence of adhesive remains invisible on the parts’ surface was a challenge.

ADDED DATE:
2018-12-01 04:08:42

TEAM MEMBERS (5) :
Teo Mei Qin Elizabeth, Pheeraphat Ratchakitprakarn, Pang Yun Jie, Xie Yu and Rebekah Low Hui Yin

IMAGE CREDITS:
Elizabeth Teo, 2018.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Singapore University of Technology and Design

PROFILE:
The Singapore University of Technology and Design is established to advance knowledge and nurture technically-grounded leaders and innovators to serve societal needs, with a focus on Design, through an integrated multi-disciplinary curriculum and multi-disciplinary research.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Pebble Garden MacHine Dry Landscaping by Elizabeth Teo is a Nominee in 3D Printed Forms and Products Design Category.

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Pebble Garden MacHine Dry Landscaping by Elizabeth Teo is Winner in 3D Printed Forms and Products Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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