In this reflection, we discuss some thoughts on the usefulness of 3-D printing as a tool for bridging the different perspectives on product design offered by both artistic and technical approaches. This bridging could be very useful, as it would allow the bridging of the two approaches using a sort of “common” language; both methodologies could be used better in parallel to produce the best possible product design, one which considers both qualitative and quantitative product/design value better than either the artistic or technical approach could alone.

Author/Artist Bio

Nasiha Muna is an instructor of mathematics at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and Mathematics and a Master of Science in Mathematics, both from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Her research work focuses on the intersection among arts, mathematics, technology, and engineering perspectives to social and technology problems. She has formerly held several noteworthy positions, varying from professional photographer to member on the research and development team with The Coca-Cola Company. Albert E. Patterson is a doctoral candidate in Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, both from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is a former adjunct assistant professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and has several years of experience as a practicing engineer for the Boeing company and the US Department of Defense. His primary research focuses on engineering design, optimization, and design-for-manufacturing of user products, with a focus on additively-manufactured products.

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