Craftsmanship and digital technologies are not opposing worlds. Innovative, sustainable, and excellent artifacts and projects emerge from the dialogue between traditional manufacturing, manual skills, and new tools.
The exhibition project “FUTURE Traditions,” curated by Fablab Venice, aims to showcase materials, best practices, and opportunities for a new form of craftsmanship supported by technology. Digital fabrication, including 3D printing, 3D scanning, laser cutting, and robotics, has become a valuable tool for contemporary artisans. It supports the development of hybrid and innovative processes, as well as the creation of new products. The examples presented in the exhibition demonstrate how new materials and processes can enhance traditional and artistic manufacturing. This, in turn, enhances the work of today’s and tomorrow’s digital artisans and guides the vast intangible heritage of knowledge and skills towards future productions.
“FUTURE Traditions” will guide you in discovering these new possibilities, enabling you to truly experience the materials (both new and revisited), the examples, and the processes firsthand. Throughout the duration of the event, you will have the opportunity to participate in demonstrations of 3D printing with clay and biopolymers, laser cutting, and 3D scanning. There will be dedicated sessions for young participants and opportunities for dialogue and discussion with “digital artisans.” A discussion about the future of craftsmanship, in collaboration with Ca’ Foscari University, will be guided by the ongoing reflection within Hephaestus, a significant international research project on innovation in artistic craftsmanship. Venice is one of the pilot locations for experimentation in this project. Learn more in the Events section.
1. Supporto alla realizzazione dell’opera Ressel di Giorgio del Ben, 2021, con Fonderia Pisani. Scansione 3d del bozzetto, stampa 3d in scala reale, opera in bronzo
2. Finiture artigianali del modello del grande granchio per i 100 anni del Museo di Storia Naturale di Venezia, 2023.
3. Scansione 3d e fresatura con braccio robotico per la riproduzione delle mani del Crocifisso trecentesco della Parrocchia di Fossò, 2018. Parte del progetto di restauro diretto dalle restauratrici Giorgia Busetto, Sara Grinzato. Direzione lavori: Monica Pregnolato – Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per l’area Metropolitana di Venezia e province di Belluno, Padova e Treviso.
4. Opera in vetro di Murano colato, realizzata a partire da negativo modellato in 3d e stampato in 3d, Bruno Barovier, 2022.
5. Oggetti stampati in 3d in argilla, 2021