Have you ever taken a look at Bathseba's Shapeways Shop and wondered how on earth was that object modeled? How did she get the forms so fluid? How did she get the mesh watertight?
In a recent webinar on the T-Splines site Bathsheba was generous enough to share a little about her background, how she came to 3D printing and how she achieves those amazing fluid forms.
The Q&A runs for just over an hour and starts with Bathsheba showing some of her earlier (time consuming) hand made works through to her first pieces she had 3D printed in various materials by various companies (including Shapeways). From here she goes on to explain some of the software she uses to achieve the fluid, mathematical based forms in a range of software including a T-Splines plug-in for Rhino.
T-Splines for Rhino is designed to help designers create and edit fluid, organic shapes for design and manufacturing. This plugin, tightly integrated with Rhino 4, adds a suite of new surfacing tools to help designers speed up their design time, accomplish tasks that would be tedious or difficult in Rhino, and translate between subdivision surface modeling programs and Rhino. You can download a 30 day trial of T-Splines v2 to plug in to your existing Rhino license or you could download an evaluation copy of Rhino too.
Bathsheba is a sculptor based in Santa Cruz, "...working with symmetry and balance, getting from a zero point to infinity, and always finding beauty in geometry". Her site features more of her mathematical metal sculptures along with laser etched data from biology, astronomy and more.