3D Printing Bird Feeder

Updated: Aug 26, 2021

This program under "Arts & Crafts Matters in a Digital Society" is led by Shared Campus Summer School that brings aboard different international institutions to provide a platform for collaboration to facilitate the networking of researchers and educators and establish a common purpose in exchanging knowledge. The program centred around topics focusing on transnational and transcultural issues in order to promote cross-disciplinary collaborations.

For our program, I am grouped with Josie, a Masters student from the University of the Arts, London and Tatia, a Masters student from the School of Creative Media, Hong Kong to conceptualize a technique to evolve traditional crafts into a digital society.

We looked into nature's own craftsmanship of their habitats as the heart of our conceptualization. From diatoms to decorative crabs, we reflected upon our own living environments, and discovered that some species are facing deadly threats from human intervention. One of the examples is the pink-necked green pigeon being the number one bird species to experience fatalities from collisions into glass. They cannot distinguish whether the image in front of them is real vegetation, reflection, or an indoor glass box. This death often results in immediate death and internal bleeding.

As shown in the images, Singapore interweaves the greenery of nature as a part of the human habitat, creating a garden city. However, this intervention has disrupted and caused confusion amongst the bird species in their navigation of landscapes and their seeking of a suitable habitat and food sources.

Therefore, my team and I designed a bird nest and feeder that is originated from Birdnest 3D modelling prototype where we were able to manipulate to our liking. We explored the possibilities that the pink-necked green pigeons are able to live in or source food from. This bird nest is meant to be attached to the glass windows of the balconies of residential housings, successfully creating a space for cohabitation between humans and birds.

These models are printed with SLS 3D Printer from Guangzhou. At this moment, the team is in the midst of testing whether the prototypes are successful in their goal of reducing glass collisions of birds in residential areas.