Half Stasis explores the convergence of two technological futures - that  of 3D printing and the home environment. Our vision is to create a seamless user experience by combining cutting-edge 3D printing technology with AI machine learning software. Imagine effortlessly bringing your ideas to life by describing them in a few words. Our system takes simple prompts and uses them to generate instructions for the AI, which then produces a range of options for the user to choose from. Once the user has made their selection, the object is 3D printed using a durable alloy and becomes a new and unique part of their life.
Design Concept
This project was brought to life through a collaboration between the ASU Herberger Institute for Design, Luminosity Lab, and Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Tyler Smith, a PhD student, is conducting research on the fatigue life prediction of additive metal cellular materials, with the aim of improving our understanding of the uses and limitations of metal additive manufacturing. This ASU research provides a greater understanding of how 3D printed metal material breaks down over time. As a result, we will have the utmost accuracy in additively manufacturing compliant mechanisms that can be applied to nearly limitless functions. With enough refinement, this will enable the coded generation of additive-manufacturable mechanisms, allowing machine learning-based AI to compute full objects that are ready for manufacturing. 
“Hephaestus” or “Heph” is one of the first of these AI. Heph will be integrated into the software of our 3D printer called "Half Stasis". Half Stasis is our vision of the 3D printer of the future, combining metal additive materials that are now safe for household printing with an integrated machine learning AI that produces objects in the style desired by the user. Its design language and form reflect the aesthetic of the future, inspired by the transition from traditional making processes to current modern ones. The printer itself works via two arms, a smaller platform arm from which a full-scale print can start and grow off of. The other is a lightweight robotic arm which utilizes a spherical gear allowing printing of any axis and angle. 
It is designed to enable a more circular manufacturing and consumption process, while still providing people with what they need. For example, if a user wants to update their furniture, they can do so while reusing their current furniture by recycling it. In addition, if a school in an economically disadvantaged area needs more desks, Half Stasis can create more  to fit each student perfectly. This product aligns with several of the UNESCO Sustainable Design Goals, including goals three, four, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, and thirteen.
Half Stasis is our vision of the 3D printer of the future. It uses metal additive materials for household printing and integrates machine learning AI capable of producing objects in the style desired by the user. Heph has a lot to learn but has already come far, we hope you enjoy the interactive demo via the tablet. All models shown were built by Heph and are ready to be printed.
HALF STASIS WEB APP WITH HEPHhttps://physical-ability-867085.framer.app/
Designer 
Konnor Plymire, kplymire@asu.edu
Grayson Glazer, gglazer1@asu.edu 
Research


Tyler Smith, Director at Luminosity Lab | ASU
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