Camera Obscura The Materiality of Digital Manufacturing

This project explores the material aspects of 3D printing technology through the production and comparison of three different DIY cameras.

The first is a simple mass-produced kit to make a pin-hole camera. This non-3D printed kit provides a framework for understanding the processes and necessary skills needed to build a working camera. The second camera is a model downloaded from a shared online 3D printing repository. Through assembling the 3D-printed camera, issues of tacit knowledge of the user, as well as the characteristics of individual 3D printers come into focus. The final camera is one designed using CAD (computer-aid design) software based in part on patents now in the public domain.

By creating and comparing cameras in this fashion, the process of translating a design file to meet the specifications of a printer can be examined. By engaging with these cameras and demonstrating the manner in which both 3D printers and the user shape the experience and end product, this research seeks to highlight the material aspects of 3D printing technology.

Principal Investigator: Daniel Southwick


Click here to see more photos taken with 3D-printed pinhole camera.


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PhD Candidate Dan Southwick featured in Toronto Life by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Oct 22nd, 2016

"The 3D wizard"

[TORONTO LIFE] Workers will specialize in nanotech, robots and 3-d printing. We asked five bright-eyed University of Toronto students about their futuristic career paths:

Dan Southwick,...

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Featured Project: Camera Obscura by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Mar 8th, 2016

This project explores the material aspects of 3D printing technology through the production and comparison of three different DIY cameras.

Principal Investigator: Daniel Southwick

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Camera Obscura - additional photos by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Mar 8th, 2015

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