3D Printing, Generative Objects and Data Sculpture with Processing / Marius Watz


3D printing technology provides exciting new possibilities for imagining physical objects – from prototyping and design to actual fabrication.

Perhaps the most radical implication of 3D printing is parametric design, a creative model in which an object is described as a software process rather than a static model. By describing the actual output as the product of an algorithm controlled by variable parameters, it becomes possible to produce an endless series of bespoke variations for on-demand fabrication.

This workshop will introduce participants to creating geometry for 3D printing with code. Starting with the basics of generating 3D meshes, we will learn how to use generative strategies to produce complex forms. Finally, we will look at using external data sources as an input to form generating, allowing us to render abstract data into physical form.

All code examples provided will produce output usable for 3D printing and other digital fabrication tools like CNC or laser cutting. Participants will also be able to use ACT Center’s fabrication facilities (with assistance) to print/cut their objects.

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– Day 1: Introduction to 3D printing
10.00-12.00: Intro to parametric design methodology
12.00-14.00: Code: Processing and Modelbuilder
14.00-15.30: Lunch (90 minutes)
15.30-17.00: Intro to fabrication tools, sketching
17.00: End of formal workshop day

– Day 2: Generative geometry and data sculpture
10.00-12.00: Code: Generative strategies and Hemesh
12.00-14.00: Code: Data as input
14.00-15.30: Lunch (90 minutes)
15.30-17.00: Sketching
17.00: End of formal workshop day

– Day 3: Individual projects
10.00-14.00: Work on individual experiments
14.00-15.30: Lunch (90 minutes)
15.30-17.00: Presentations of sketches and discussion
17.00: End of formal workshop day


– Some programming and 3D experience recommended. Beginners will be able to experiment with functional sample code.
– Laptop with Processing 3.x installed. Code examples and required libraries will be provided, along with other Open Source tools.
– Recommended: Any 2D/3D editing software that the participant is already familiar with (Adobe Illustrator, Rhino3D etc)


200,000KRW (≈ 150 EUR) / festival ticket included in price


English / Korean (support)

Duration: 3-Day