What does a simple wooden box and a woman wearing a body wrap have in common? Only Google, a 'Hill Climbing Algorithm' and Shapeways 3D Printer can show us. Venus of Google is an experimental work by artist Matthew Plummer-Fernandez exploring emerging technology and culture.
The Venus of Google was ‘found’ via a Google search-by-image, googling a photograph taken of an object I had been handed over in a game of exquisite corpse. The Google search returned visually similar results, one of these being an image of a woman modeling a body-wrap garment. I then used a similar algorithmic image-comparison technique to drive the automated design of a 3D printable object. The 'Hill-Climbing' algorithm starts with a plain box shape and tries thousands of random transformations and comparisons between the shape and the image, eventually mutating towards a form resembling the found image in both shape and colour. I’m interested in this early era of artificial intelligence, computer vision and algorithmic artefacts, exemplifying the paradox of technology being both advanced and primitive at the same time. The Long Tail Multiplier series investigates the potential use of algorithms to create virtually infinite cultural artefacts, inspired by the stories of these algorithmic books and t-shirts.
The Long Tail Multiplier system is based on a Hill Climbing Algorithm. The 3D Mesh render and distortion is done with Processing and the Hemesh library. The image comparison is managed with a Python script calling a command-line tool called ImageMagick.
Matthew Plummer-Fernandez is an artist exploring emerging technology and culture. He uses scanning, digital fabrication and computational approaches to making artefacts, both physical and digital, that blur the distinction between the two, referencing the digitisation of the everyday. Plummer-Fernandez received his MA from the Royal College of Art in 2009, after studies in Graphic Design and a BEng in Computer-Aided Mechanical Engineering at Kings College London. His work has been exhibited and published globally including relevant articles on Creative Applications, Rhizome, and Creators Project, and has received commissions from curators Arts Co, It’s Nice That, and Selfridges. He is currently based in South East London, working in research at Goldsmiths College.
Last month we promised to send a free set of Elasto Plastic models to any Shapeways meetup group of 10 people or more. The first three groups have met this challenge: Singapore (July 11), Las Vegas (July 17) and Milan (July 18) and this means you can join them and meet our new Elasto!
Shapeways is sponsoring the Floored WebGL Hackathon Thursday and Friday this week here in NYC! Push the limits of WebGL over two days of hacking, beer, and barbecue. Participants have a chance of winning a grand prize of $250 in printing credits to Shapeways. Head over here to see their awesome invites and RSVP. Hope to see you there!
3D Printing metal is not easy, it usually takes serious heat and/or serious laser power to melt metal particles together to make a 3D form. A team at North Carolina State University have devised a method to 3D print liquid metal at room temperature using a thin oxide layer on the surface of the metal allows for the formation of mechanically stable structures strong enough to stand against gravity and the large surface tension of the liquid. The method is capable of printing wires, arrays of spheres, arches, and interconnects.
Check out the video of the printing in action that is worth watching for the soundtrack, let alone 3D printing liquid metal on a spider's head...
Also note that the video has been sped up 40-50x so it is not a blindingly fast process.
are hot right now, and we want in! That's why we talked toDavid Dewey, the
designer of the "Frame'ish" Go Pro frame, that allows you to send your GoPro
soaring through the air and capture some great footage. See what he has to say about the world of Quadcopters below!
A Quadcopter? So is that a 4 wheel
bike with a rotor blade sticking out of it?
no. That would be messy if you stood up.
quadcopter, while easy to get way over technical, is a radio controlled
aircraft that uses 4 propellers to fly which are powered by 4 motors (4=quad).
The direction and angle that a quadcopter flys in is generally dictated by how
much power goes to each motor/propeller.... simple.
first glance, the iconic Barbie Doll looks innocent enough in the hands of a
young child, but a side-by-side with Nickolay Lamm's anatomically accurate doll
reveals the ludicrously distorted proportions of Mattel's classic stand-by-- if
she existed in real life. Lamm generated a 3D model from the average
measurements of a 19 year-old girl, send it to a 3D printer, and photoshopped the
resulting figure into the Barbie's likeness.
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Todd Blatt, long time community member here at Shapeways, inspired by all kinds of technology including his new google glasses which have inspired a whole 3D printed accesories collection.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am a mechanical engineer, artist, hacker and professional maker, transplant from Baltimore and living in Brooklyn. I was recruited to MakerBot to create flagship designs that showcase the full capabilities of The Replicator 3D printer. I spent 2012 working as a 3D designer and as the principal liaison with the MakerBot marketing department, responsible for integrating 3D design and printing in all marketing efforts. I have since left the company and am working for Custom 3D Stuff, my own company which offers consulting, 3D modeling, and design services for businesses as well as sells custom 3D printed objects through shapeways and at festivals and art shows.
It's arrived! Welcome to the third edition of the Shapeways Community
Journal! We've compiled exciting events happening throughout the community,
both in person and online. Whether you’re an
active member of the community looking to see whats happening or someone looking to
find ways to get more involved, you’ve come to the right place!
Last week we had our monthly NYC Meetup at Desmond’s Tavern, and
we had a great turnout and a lot of fun!
The next meetup in the NYC area will be our Elasto meetup on July 17th, so
keep on the lookout for more information and updates by joining our Meetup.com group.
If you want to host an Elasto meetup in your city and meet other Shapeways users check here for more information!
Most of the architectural models we 3D print at Shapeways never make it into the Shapeways shops as they are private 3D prints for architects and their clients. Not only do we print scale model buildings but often other items such as furniture, cars, people and animals that bring life and a sense of scale to the maquettes.
Here are a few architecture maquettes, models and miniatures that are available to purchase in the Shapeways shops. If you have a architectural 3D print, whether it be your student work, a historic building or client work that you can share, be sure to make it available in your Shapeways shop, it may be just the thing someone is looking for to add to their own 3D printed landscape.
Those who are unfortunate enough to fracture a limb but
fortunate enough to do so after the advent of the 3d Printing technology can
rejoice. Jake Evill, an Architecture and Design school at Victoria University
of Wellington alum and Shapeways user, devised an ingenious alternative to the
classic plaster of paris cast, one day effectively making the smelly,
cumbersome monolithic a thing of the past.
This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Summer Powell, a lover of dichotomies, who is inspired by the intersection of body and technology, the natural and artificial; Summer's jewelry lives on the continuum of quirky to profound.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
My name is Summer Powell. I’m a San Francisco-based jeweler and designer, creating fun, geometric fashion jewelry in 3D printed media. As an artist, I’ve always mixed medias and technologies, whether creating a vacuum-formed case for VH1 or temporary technological tattoos for teens.
Why clean when you can illuminate? New York based industrial designer Christian Stolarz has designed two elegantly simple components for 3D printing that transform an every day broom stick into a beautiful lamp.
I was unhappy with the lighting situation in my house, thank god I'm a designer and able to fix this situation!!!
Just as Sprout, designed by Egant converted a plastic milk jug into an easy to use watering can, the Broom Stick Floor Lamp combines a few items you may already have lying around your home to transform them to more than the sum of its parts.
The 3D printed parts fit standard broomsticks with a 23.8mm diameter (available at Home Depot). You'll need 3 broom
sticks, and you can cut them to the any length/configuration you like. The cable: the top part
holds cables with an approx. 6.3mm diameter, most standard cables should work.
If you are looking for a 3D printed lamp to go with your new stand you may just be able to find the perfect one on Shapeways.