Digital Fabrication has unleashed a whole new art form, one that has paved the way for an infinite amount of creativity. Digi-Fab has broken the chain of ordinary fabrication, where designers relied mainly on centralized factories in which they were forced to mass produce their designs, without first testing their acceptance in the market.
As we move towards this new era, where designers are able to prototype their designs for a very low price, their desire to push the boundaries has increased. As a result, designers can offer a product that is rich with unique characteristics and one that is vastly different from current marketplace trends. Digital Fabrication currently encompasses a wide range of techniques that continue to expand. From 3D printing and CNC milling, to laser cutting and digital printing, Digital Fabrication is not only customizable and interactive, it also represents a revolution in which user-generated content plays a role in the manufacturing process of exquisite physical goods.
The impact of digital fabrication on the product and fashion industry is undeniable. Large commercial brands like New Balance, Jimmy Choo and Nike have already begun pushing the limits of traditional shoemaking by incorporating digi-fab techniques in their manufacturing process. The turning point for Digital Fabrication was the discovery that these techniques enable the customization process for complex designs that could not be achieved through traditional manufacturing methods. Moreover, they greatly accelerate the turnaround time from design to physical creation.
PIEMER believes that Digital Fabrication is a melting point, linking old world methods with new world designs.
Digitally fabricated products possess a high level of intricacy and quality that far surpass anything made by hand. It is not uncommon for these creations to be highly ornamented with seamless interlocking and overlapping systems. Material no longer limits design. For decades, products had to be fabricated using specific materials, so as not to break work-flow in large factories. Nowadays, one of the biggest advantages of digi-fab products is the customization of materials. From CNC milling or laser-cutting vintage pieces of wood, metals and plastics, to 3D Printing materials such as porcelain, plastics and metals among others, the sky really does seem to be the limit for designers today.