With each passing year, 3D-printed designs get bolder and more innovative.
An event in London next month will celebrate the emerging craft/art form. From October 19-21, The Brewery in London hosts the 3D Print Show, the world’s first consumer and trade show dedicated solely to the emerging 3D-printing phenomenon.
Most 3D printing relies on the basic process of using additive manufacturing to create an object by applying a hardening powder or liquid in many layers, usually based on computer aided design (CAD). Several advanced 3D-printing methods used to make the following models include rapid prototyping, stereo lithography, fused deposition modeling, and selective laser sintering.
Aside from the art gallery highlighted here (did we mention this is merely a small sampling?), the 3D Print Show offers more than 70 exhibitors and 50 seminars and workshops featuring some of the biggest players in the industry -- such as Legacy Effects' wiz Jason Lopes, the fellow who created the 3D-printed body armor used in the film "Iron Man 2" (among many other blockbuster projects). Other notable groups and companies in attendance will include MakerBot, Anarkick 3D, i.materialise, and Econolyst.
You might find yourself at a loss for words on looking at Eric van Straaten's "Groomer," which shows a group of nude swimmers lounging about on a very realistic-looking head. The artist says his work has "a weirdly eroticized corporeality." He continues: "Balancing on the edge of kitsch, the marzipanlike quality of the material resonates beautifully with the apparent innocence of the scenery."
Sophie Kahn's "Dominick" sculpture, featured at the 3D Print Show, derived from using a cinema-quality laser scanner and 3D imaging software to create a unique characterization of a human face in motion.
"The precisely engineered scanning technology I use was never designed to represent the body, which is always in flux," Kahn notes on her Web site. "Confronted with motion, the software receives conflicting spatial coordinates, and generates a fragmented model. This model is then edited -- virtually 'sculpted' -- using 3D editing software." Read more about the methods and materials she uses for the 3D printing process.