Meanings in Digital Fabrication

The aim of this study is to investigate the drivers of physical realization of meaningful objects, in particular, how these drivers can contribute to prototyping of products. An intensive digital fabrication workshop, a part of a summer school, is used as a case study. We discuss the results of the workshop in terms of the background of the participants and their motivation in the perspective of the rationale of their prototypes. We identify how the background and motivation of teams of the participants influenced the meaning making in digitally fabricated prototypes.