Jonah Fields

MIT Department: Architecture
Undergraduate Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Faculty Mentor: Skylar Tibbits
Research Supervisor: Bjorn Sparrman
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2019 Research Poster



I am currently an Architecture Student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. My experience as an architecture student has allowed me to explore architecture as an interdisciplinary field. Through my research, internships, and studies I have been able to apply my knowledge in architecture to a wide range of subjects, from biology to manufacturing. I attribute my success into crossing over into different disciplines and media through the way architecture school has taught me how to approach design as a process.

2019 Research Abstract

Rapid Liquid Printing: Innovating Additive Manufacturing

Jonah Fields1, 2, Skylar Tibbits2, Bjorn Sparrman2 Schendy Kernizan2, Jared Laucks2
1Department of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Over the past few years 3D printing has risen as a new medium for production and manufacturing, and with the rise of desktop 3D printers, the concept of bringing an idea to reality has become more accessible than ever before. Additive Manufacturing has the potential to be applied to a wide variety of disciplines, but it is limited by material, form, scale, and speed. Rapid Liquid Printing aims to solve this problem by printing in a vat of gel to remove gravity from the process, and use pressure as opposed to heat/ lasers as an extrusion method. This eradicates the need for support structures, allows for a wider range of materials used, ultimately speeding up the printing process to make it more feasible to print more complex structures at larger scales. The implications of this will move us closer to having a universal method for 3D printing that is reliable and accessible. The Self-Assembly Lab and I are investigating how we can create a cross-disciplinary platform for material fabrication through material tests and working with companies involved with prosthetics, architecture, furniture, lighting, footwear, pneumatics, and automobiles to introduce this technology to a wider range of disciplines.