We recently took a trip out to Boston to visit some of our users to find out how they are using the D.I.Wire. At Wentworth, we spent time talking to Professor Simon Williamson from the Industrial Design Department. Professor Williamson has made extensive use of their D.I.Wire in his design courses. He sees the machine as a tool for teaching iteration and exploration. One approach he takes is to encourage students to discover the boundaries of what is possible with materials and tools. Rather than giving extensive tutorials, he asked students to see what was possible using one six foot length of ⅛” aluminum.

The future designers of Wentworth dove in with enthusiasm, producing a wide range of interesting shapes that opened possibilities rather than served a specific purpose. Sam Montague, Dept. Chair, now has the beginning of a modular wire structure growing in his office that may one day hang above their studio space as it expands indefinitely.