'Haptic Intelligentsia' by Joong Han Lee
Touching and materializing the surface of the virtual object through haptic force-feedback.
Despite a same virtual object, physical results are always unique
From digital to physical

Eindhoven designer Joong Han Lee has created a new system of making, based on the idea of bringing a hand craftsmanship into a computerized technology.

Haptic Intelligentsia is a human 3D printing machine that allows the user to tactually perceive the virtual object and to directly transform it into the physical. The user can freely move the extruding gun, which is attached to a haptic interface. When the tip of the gun is moved into a surface region of the virtual object, the interface generates forces under computer control, allowing the user to feel and touch the surface of the object.

Without looking at the computer screen, the only way to visualize the virtual object is to pull the trigger and extrude the material along the feedback surface. The results are always unique and different, depending on how each user responds to the machine’s guidance. The sense of touch is no longer present in our current screen-based interface. Haptic Intelligentsia humanizes the 3D printing process, bringing the user a tactile relationship to the virtual object.

The project was shown in the Masters Graduation Galleries at the Design Academy Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week 2011.