Stefanie Pender (Critic, Glass) will pilot the 2017 Innovator-in-Residence program with Swarovski based in Wattens, Austria. She will work with a dedicated team from Swarovski on experimental research on the area of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) methods for glass.
This collaborative research will continue the development of the Glass Fused Filament Deposition Modeling (FFDM) process that she began at her residency with Autodesk Pier 9 in San Francisco, CA during the fall of 2016. Pender will also explore the relationship between digital technologies and glass production and identify how and where Swarovski will be influenced by glass printing technologies.
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is an additive manufacturing process that uses heat to bond the construction material usually building up the object in layers from a digital model. FDM is most popularly associated with 3D printing where thermoplastic filament of various types are used for rapid prototyping and modelling applications.
More information on Pender’s FFDM process can be found here