MICROHYBRID_003 | The last two experiments of Microhybrid resulted in a constant shift in the drawing, model, and documented process. The third Microhybrid raised the question on the potential of engravement to produce directionality to the 3D print inducing movement. The same process was followed for the third edition of this typology. After digital modeling, drawings were produced to coexist with the overall process of the third Microhybrid. What was figured out soon after was that the digital drawings could extend into fabrication. The third Microhybrid was laser etched after the print was attached to the cube. The object rested along the surface, and the laser etchings along the Mahogany acting as an extension of the object. This emphasized the Microhybrid process of physical to digital spaces of working – vice versa.


The processes of laser etching on the Mahogany cube is in direct correlation to the digital drawings and line work produced on the computer. More drawings were completed after. What was realized by the ninth step was the etching of the cube articulated a relationship that couldn’t be understood through digital means, but through physical means. The cube now had an irregular surface that provided texture, and an altered reading of form. The light etching provided this texture, but at certain angles the full realization of the etching could not be realized through a photo. This provided layers through the overall Microhybrid that found importance in the artifact, the drawing, and the process. This process is articulated under one delivery that spoke on this typology as a multi-experiential typology.  Viewing the cube and documenting it would be only first layer of understanding it’s texture, and object to cube to vector articulation. What was realized from this experiment was that the connection of surfaces between the 3D printed object and the Mahogany cube could only be articulated by diffusing surface differentials through etching.  The goal of articulating the cube’s surface as it transitions to the connected object resulted in an overall uniformity. The uniformity produced a perfect hybrid at a micro level that expressed articulation in all aspects of the cube including its process of fabrication.

© Thomas Lanham, Greg Luhan, Ebrahim Poustinchi, Irvin Shaifa

Lanham, T., Shaifa, I., Poustinchi, M. E., & Luhan, G. (2017). Craft & Digital Consequences | Micro-Hybrid Explorations at (Full) Scale. In Fioravanti, A., Cursi, S., Elahmar, S., Gargar, S., Loffreda, G., Novembri, G., & Trento, A. (Eds.). ShoCK: Sharing Computable Knowledge – Material Studies Methodologies. The 35th Annual eCAADe International Conference Proceedings, Volume 2, 327-336.