Digital hammering Process (image © Kathryn Hinton 2010)

After graduating from the MA course at the RCA in 2008 I continued with an MPhil research project entitled ‘The craft of digital tooling’.

The hammer and software interface serve as both an outcome in itself and as an experimental digital hand tool.  The process led to a new layer of interaction between hand and materials, between 2 and 3 dimensions.  Creating an accessible tool for designing and manipulating metals into new objects and forms within a computer aided design programme previously unachievable forms can be reached.  To fully realise the digital objects, processes such as rapid prototyping, computer numerically controlled (CNC) milling, casting and press forming are used.