Thursday, 23 April 2009

3D Printed Art

It used to be impressive when an artist created complex geometric shapes and made them into real objects. Even if you didn't like the shape, you had to admit it was a feat. But these days, with a software program and 3D printing, it is possible to produce the seemingly impossible 3D 'art' in a snap. Does this mean 3D Printing lessons ART? In some cases, yes. It will be much harder to spot the 'real' thing. Stuff like this snail shell-esque math art will become commonplace. Today's 3D software makes things too easy. Zbrush is an example. So is there the possibility for true art in 3D Printing? Of course. But how will you recognize it? 3D Printed Snail Shell-Esque Math Art

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Design, Make, Collect - It's easy at Shapeways

If you ever wondered "Should I - should I go ahead of try out one of those 3D Print services, but were worried it might get complex, take a look at this compelling video from Shapeways. It shows the simplicity of the end-to-end online process of designing, ordering, printing and .... Ta Da ... delivery in 3D. Some call it Make On Demand. Shapeways

Saturday, 18 April 2009


[snip] Moddler is the premier 3d printing company for today's digital entertainment creators, including digital film studios, visual effects companies, video game companies, and individual artists. We specialize in turning your digital models into incredibly detailed physical models to be used as maquettes for design validation, high-end swag for clients or team members, or physical props. These models are printed through a digital process, just like inkjet printing, that results in the creation of very fine detail with a high degree of accuracy. Nice view of the studio.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Color 3D Print Demo - ZPrinter 450

A neat video of a 3D Printer in an office location printing in color.


What will 3D Printing mean for a Make On-Demand service like Ponoko? [snip] We wanted to create a place where you could shop for and make things that are completely original, and do this in the greenest way possible. So we made Ponoko ... the first online shop for individualized goods – things designed and made just for you. Ponoko

Wednesday, 1 April 2009


3D Printing is in some ways a rather simple technology. Components of a 3D Printer will rapidly become a commodity. And this is why 3D Printing might be big! Witness the RepRap community, Fab@Home and MakerBot Industries. MakerBot create open source robot kits that transform your digital designs into physical objects automatically. The kits are modular, modifiable, and built to be hacked. [quote] "We can't wait to see what you do with them." MakerBot Industries MakerBot Videos