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  • The Craft of Digital Tooling

Hinton, Kathryn, 2010, Thesis, The Craft of Digital Tooling MPhil thesis, Royal College of Art.

Abstract or Description:

The tools and hand processes used in traditional approaches to silversmithing have hardly changed over the centuries. Objects are constructed using processes involving physical manipulation and control with hand tools and in particular with hammers. With the introduction of machines much of the direct handling and touch in the shaping of metals was lost. However, with the rapid advancements in technology, digital haptic equipment is making this experience available again in virtual form. As digital manufacture becomes more integrated with the silversmithing and jewellery industries, the haptic tool being developed in this research project could be beneficial in sustaining connections between traditional hand methods and the latest technology.

The aim of the research project was to investigate the application of a hammer interface in terms of traditional silversmithing and jewellery practice and to determine the benefits and limitations involved in the use of this tool in a virtual environment. The research referenced the use of traditional hammering methods, and information derived from this was carried forward to the development of a hammer interface device that explored, in depth, the nature of this particular interactivity with digital material. The research will be used to generate a different making experience that will, in turn, lead to the production of an original body of pieces.

Qualification Name: MPhil
Subjects: Other > Technologies > J900 Others in Technology
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W280 Interactive and Electronic Design
Creative Arts and Design > W700 Crafts > W720 Metal Crafts
School or Centre: School of Material
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2016 16:01
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 16:01
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1856

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