TEX-FAB is launching its next digital fabrication competition for 2014 titled Plasticity. Below you will find a brief description. Follow the link to the right to register. PLASTICITY, the quality of being able to be made into different shapes, to be molded or altered, is a quality that is pervasive in contemporary design. This idea can manifest as a material providing haptic experience or as a concept defining relational interaction with performative consequence. Plasticity extends beyond the design disciplines into biologics where organisms with the same genotype vary in developmental pattern, in phenotype, or in behavior according to varying environmental conditions. Plasticity seeks to frame this concept within an architectural proposal that foregrounds the application of parametric design and digital fabrication with a broad range of possible outcomes. Casting, forming, 3D printing, fluid assemblies of folded 2D profiles and even activated networks of robotic components are techniques to consider as potential building components in an architecture of plasticity. $100 Registration Fee - Learn more below..

Within Texas there is an emerging network of companies, institutions, and individuals focusing on the exploration of parametric design and the digital production of building components. Specifically, there is a growing opportunity for collaborative exchange between the academic, technical, and professional communities by leveraging the immense resources found in some of the largest metropolitan centers across the United States.
TEX-FAB *Digital Fabrication Alliance was formed in 2009 by Brad Bell, Kevin McClellan, and Andrew Vrana with Kory Bieg joining in 2013. Bell, Bieg, McClellan and Vrana each teach within the digital fabrication curriculum at University of Texas Arlington, University of Texas Austin, University of Texas San Antonio, and University of Houston respectively.
The TEX-FAB network comprises a group of people intently focused on the exploration and implementation of computational fabrication. From within our respective academic settings and professional practice we seek to strengthen the regional discourse and establish benchmarks.