MixFab: a mixed-reality environment for personal fabrication

Weichel, Christian and Lau, Manfred and Kim, David and Villar, Nicolas and Gellersen, Hans (2014) MixFab: a mixed-reality environment for personal fabrication. In: CHI '14 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, New York, pp. 3855-3864. ISBN 9781450324731

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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.

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Best Paper Award at CHI 2014 (Top 1% of submissions)
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