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MixFab: a mixed-reality environment for personal fabrication

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsPaper

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Publication date2014
Host publicationCHI '14 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of publicationNew York
PublisherACM
Pages3855-3864
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781450324731
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Personal fabrication machines, such as 3D printers and laser cutters, are becoming increasingly ubiquitous. However, designing objects for fabrication still requires 3D modeling skills, thereby rendering such technologies inaccessible to a wide user-group. In this paper, we introduce MixFab, a mixed-reality environment for personal fabrication that lowers the barrier for users to engage in personal fabrication. Users design objects in an immersive augmented reality environment, interact with virtual objects in a direct gestural manner and can introduce existing physical objects effortlessly into their designs. We describe the design and implementation of MixFab, a user-defined gesture study that informed this design, show artifacts designed with the system and describe a user study evaluating the system's prototype.