Gather3d is an analogue 3d printer: a manual system as well as a mechanical machine used to introduce craft and the art of making to a broad audience.
Gather3d is designed to be an accessible and evolutive creative platform. It allows younger, web-native generations, who have been used to permanent connectivity, to reengage with making and the real world.
The project embodies a critique of digital manufacturing and the 3d printer seen as a technological divinity. It aims to ignite a debate about these new workshop tools (3d printer, 3d scanner, laser cutter…) within the design profession.
The ‘third industrial revolution’ is constructed around the myth of rapid prototyping, symptomatic of our ‘Everything, now!’ era. What happens if we take the time to reengage with a making activity?
Hours of practice might allow users to experience a jubilation of real mastering, in contrast with the illusion of know-how provided by deskilling technologies.