Reframing advanced manufacturing ontologies through an exploration of ductus

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Ontologies of manufacturing and making have received closer attention in recent years thanks to a renewed interest in materiality and questions of formemergence and form perception. This work argues that the hylomorphic ontologies dominant within advanced manufacturing can be challenged through the introduction of a "ductus" concept which relates to the traces left by unique material interactions and energy transferences as artefacts are fabricated. Drawing on multiple strands of scholarship, this paper develops a new ontological model integrating material-process relationships and end user experiences with the ductus of the making process at its core. This model is illustrated and elucidated, and the implications for design and manufacturing practitioners are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign Research Society Conference Proceedings 2022
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2022
EventDesign Research Society Conference 2022 - University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 25 Jun 20223 Jul 2022


ConferenceDesign Research Society Conference 2022
Abbreviated titleDRS2022
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  • manufacturing ontologies
  • form-emergence
  • ductus
  • perception


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