Basia Dzaman: The future of 3D printing and robotics

Global graduate Basia Dzaman harnesses new technologies to explore traditional embroidery patterns.

In a family of programmers, School of Form graduate Basia Dzaman needed a way to express her individual aspirations. Starting out in Arts, she soon found her real home at the School of Form in Poznan, Poland. There she found a way to combine her love for robotics and her passion for design.

Dzaman customised a KUKA robotic arm to give it the ability to intricate patterns. She used the design to weave a pattern inspired by snutki, a traditional Polish embroidery technique. Her project proves that robotic arms are able to assemble intricate patterns rather than just the heavy-lifting required for the assembly of machines. But is the innovation just another step toward using robots to replace the human labour force?

“My personal opinion is that there are jobs that can enrich themselves using robotics, but the worst part of it is that people will lose their jobs when the robots can do it 100 times faster,” says Dzaman.

Dzaman was one of the global graduates at the Design Indaba conference 2016.