Material Mutations

Spatial Digitisation. Material Design. Digital Fabrication.

Material Mutations

Spatial Digitisation.
Material Design.
Digital Fabrication.

What we do

Material Mutations is a design studio that uses digital technologies to create designs.
We digitise, experiment and prototype.

Digitise

We use different technologies (Qlone, Artec Eva, ReCap, Colmap) to capture physical artefacts and spatial environments as digital models.

Experiment

We speculate on alternative 3D Printing filaments by making and testing different bioplastic composites.

Prototype

We 3D print iteratively on different kinds of printing machines (FDM and Powder-based) to materalise and validate our digital designs.

Material Innovation

Bioplastics

In 2018, we explored and made bioplastics to extend the research on sustainable alternatives for 3D printing materials. By creating bioplastics, the students learn, experiment and developed their making skills. This process provided students with a tangible artefact to engage 3D scanning and 3D printing, the two core skills taught in the studio. An open brief – to design a mask based on cultures and emotions – was given to allow students to explore fully their materials and its textures.

2018 Design Showcase

2018 Design Showcase

as I am lying here, waiting.

as I am lying here, waiting.

The mask speaks through its emotion and facial expression. All the curves of endless path from its life become the brain on its crown, the mistakes it has made had become a priceless source of wiseful knowledge.

The painful scars on its face from what others have done to it and it had done to itself, laid above a sincere smile it gives to others. It has finished its task, it has given what it had, it had wealth, it had health, it had love.

Now the sailboat has arrived, it can only wish the beach it is lying on to flourish, as it has nothing left to give. But it is fine, says the time, as it does not need to wait anymore, as the sailboat leaves everyone alone.

– Bill Zairofi

2019

Sculptures,
gifts to our community

In 2019, we superscale our explorations into our built environments. We ask, how can we digitise our natural and urban landscapes using 3D scanning technologies? How can we leverage 3D printers to realise designs for our community? How can we use 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies to materialise our designs?

We invite all students to take part in this studio, and to explore with us emerging digital technologies. Academics, researchers and industry professionals interested are also encouraged to engage with us throughout the studio by dropping us an email.

Who we are

Studio Leaders

We use digital technologies and fabrication to teach Master of Design at Swinburne University of Technology. We dare to fail fast and frequently, constantly ask “why not?” and like to get our hands dirty.

Linus Tan

Studio Leader

linustan@swin.edu.au

Linus is the founder of Design Startup Studio, a consultancy service that helps firms transform into design-driven businesses.

His has a background in architecture, operations management and strategic management, from working in various roles such as the Fabrication Laboratory Coordinator at the Melbourne School of Design to the Battalion Operations Officer in the Singapore Air Force.

Ravi Bessabava

Studio Leader

rbessabava@swin.edu.au

Ravi Bessabava is the Prototyping Coach at Design Factory Melbourne where he guides business, engineering and design students, specialising in digital fabrication technologies.

Previously, Ravi was the Lead Tech at the Fabrication Laboratory at the University of Melbourne. Ravi also works as a freelance architectural designer, specialising in digitally fabricated spatial installations.

Canhui Chen

Unit Coordinator

canhuichen@swin.edu.au

Canhui Chen is an Architectural Design Lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology, where he leads the second-year architecture studios in Digital Fabrication and Construction Techniques.

Prior to joining Swinburne, Canhui ran design studios at the Melbourne School of Design with a focus on using digital designs to reinvigorate traditional manufacturing techniques.

Linus Tan (Studio Leader)

linustan@swin.edu.au

Linus is the founder of Design Startup Studio, a consultancy service that helps firms transform into design-driven businesses.

His has a background in architecture, operations management and strategic management, from working in various roles such as the Fabrication Laboratory Coordinator at the Melbourne School of Design to the Battalion Operations Officer in the Singapore Air Force

Ravi Bessabava (Studio Leader)

rbessabava@swin.edu.au

Ravi Bessabava is the Prototyping Coach at Design Factory Melbourne where he guides business, engineering and design students, specialising in digital fabrication technologies.

Previously, Ravi was the Lead Tech at the Fabrication Laboratory at the University of Melbourne. Ravi also works as a freelance architectural designer, specialising in digitally fabricated spatial installations.

Canhui Chen (Unit Convenor)

canhuichen@swin.edu.au

Canhui Chen is an Architectural Design Lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology, where he leads the second-year architecture studios in Digital Fabrication and Construction Techniques.

Prior to joining Swinburne, Canhui ran design studios at the Melbourne School of Design with a focus on using digital designs to reinvigorate traditional manufacturing techniques.

Say hi

Mondays, 2pm – 8pm
(appointments by booking only)

Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre
Prototyping Laboratory

Connect with us

Instagram: @material.mutations

Supported by

School of Design
Swinburne University of Technology

FHAD
Design & Architecture Prototyping Lab

Connect with us

Mondays, 2pm – 8pm
(appointments by booking only)

Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre
Prototyping Laboratory

Supported by

School of Design
Swinburne University of Technology

FHAD
Design & Architecture Prototyping Lab