I explore ways in which advanced mathematics can be used to produce three-dimensional forms. These forms are sometimes precise, pre-planned shapes, but more often they are things that have evolved from the mathematics in ways I could not exactly predict. The discordance between the precision of mathematics and the unpredictable nature of what it can produce is what fascinates me most.
My design process typically begins with the creation of a mathematical model or algorithm to eventually guide the construction of a physical object. This model is then put into a computer using various CAD software packages, where I can blend scripted components with (virtually) hand-built elements. All or part of this design is then sent to a 3D printer for fabrication. Finally, the fabricated piece is often finished by more traditional techniques.
David Bachman is a professor at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, where he reguralrly co-teaches classes on design with faculty in the art department. He received a PhD in mathematics in 1999 from the University of Texas at Austin, and has since published over 20 research articles, three books, and received two grants from the National Science Foundation. Eight years ago David's background in mathematics and his affinity for working with his hands converged when he began to experiment with 3D printing. Since then he has created unique sculptures by using several CAD modeling packages (most notably, Rhino 3D and Grasshopper), a variety of 3D printers, and a garage full of tools. In the past few years he has been regularly consulting with artists and designers across the globe to help bring their ideas to reality through his company, David Bachman Design, Inc. David is also a certified Rhino specialist
(Levels 1 and 2).
In his spare time David enjoys martial arts, with black belts in Karate (open hand combat) and Kobudo (traditional weaponry), and plays the drums. In his younger days he was a “roadie,” setting up for such acts as The Rolling Stones, U2, The Grateful Dead, Metallica, and Aerosmith.