We have seen some AMAZING home decor and beautiful vases 3D Printed in ceramics in many different colors but it is always a pleasure to see such an elegant design that takes a modern digital aesthetic inspired by an ancient oriental tradition to make such a timeless form.
Using 3D Printers housed in a shipping container, unmanned drones and GPS tracking system Project Blue Sky promises to freak the hell out of unsuspecting Burning Man participants. The project is run by a non-profit called ReAllocate.org, which curates teams of world class talent and pairs them with specific technical projects, humanitarian organizations (other non-profits, NGOs) and resources to solve global challenges. Right on.
Imagine that you are in
Black Rock desert close to Center Camp. You step into a brightly
decorated space surrounded by ancient statues. You are ushered into a
shipping container that has been converted into a high-tech innovation
lab. You and your fashionable friend strike a pose which is captured
with 3D software and converted into a 3D model. You are given a GPS
transponder and specific instructions for your mission. On the way out
you catch a lecture on 'Scientific Exploration' and watch some aerial 3D
footage of flying over Burning Man projected in a 3D imax dome.
After you leave, your image scan is 3D printed into a miniature
statue and loaded into a capsule on a multi-copter. The copter navigates
to your GPS location.
When your GPS transponder goes off, you look up as the multi-copter
hovers above you. It gently lowers a padded capsule with your statue of
you inside. You unwrap a 3D medallion of yourself.
Your only responsibility is to return the transponder and tell us your story for our documentary.
We have seen 3D Printed experiments in variable structures in concrete and the potential it has for creating intelligent structures for architecture. Netfabb have recently uploaded a really simple, interesting video of the capillary effects of 3D Printed structures.
There is massive unrealized potential with 3D Printing to make the materials function in much more intelligent ways than they are currently being used. There are two main factors that contribute to the current underuse of the materials and processes.
The first is the capacity of the human mind to understand the true potential of a new material. When we are given a new material we often use it in the same way, or as a direct replacement for an existing material. As we did with Bakelite to plastics and now with 3D Printing. As we begin to better understand the materials and processes we start to use them in more sophisticated ways until we make the most of their potential, using them for their unique material properties.
The second is the tools we use to design and fabricate the materials. From hand tools to power tools and now the 3D modeling tools, we are limited by the forms that the software will allow us to create. With tools within 3D modeling software like Grasshopper, Netfabb or those being developed and used by Nervous System we are starting to see the very tip of the iceberg of intelligent tools to design for digital fabrication.
We will start to see 3D printed forms being innovative not just in the external forms as we currently see in the Shapeways galleries but also in their internal structure. The structure of the materials will start to be optimized for strength, weight, porosity, flexibility, impact, abrasiveness, friction and many more factors through data input, not just manual crunching of CAD. We have seen it start to happen in the arts with form such as Joris Laarman's Bone Chair and Bridge Table and in medicine with porous ceramic structures used to aid in bone grafts but it will eventually be a standard practice in design to enter requirements to define both material structure and form for digital fabrication.
Hopefully Netfabb's simple video will act as inspiration for us all to start think of digital fabrication in this way.
Mark Frauenfelder, founder of boingboing interviews Kevin Mack on his use of 3D Printing to make his otherwise impossible art real. There are thousands of amazing 3D Printed sculptures in the Shapeways gallery but it is always inspiring to hear how an artist approaches the opportunity to make the impossible, with math...
We all know Bathsheba Grossman's 3D Printed sculptures are massive in the world of math art but now they are just, massive... Thanks to the D-Shape 3D Printer and a valiant attempt on Indiegogo , Bathsheba's Rygo sculpture has been 3D Printed 6 foot tall and has now made it's way to Vancouver (only Canadian Shapeways users can imagine the UPS duties on THIS delivery).
The Rygo is now billed as the largest 3D Print in North America and is scheduled to be installed at VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver.
We are seeing the number of the requests for 3D modelers increase every month to the point that a few of the Shapeways community members are getting a regular income stream from their 3D modeling skills. If you have some design skills you would like to offer for hire you can offer your services in the Shapeways forums so that people who are looking to hire a 3D designer can find you and some of your work. Many people want to 3D Print their ideas whether they be art, fashion, jewelry, products and architecture, sometime they just need a little help...
Do you love personalizing things to tell a story about you? Well, now you can personalize your jewelry to tell where you've been. Design & Data Visualization geniuses Sha Hwang & Rachel Binx have created Meshu to turn your places into beautiful objects.
"These earrings are my 3 month backpacking trip to Southeast Asia" - Rachel Binx
You can start creating by zooming and clicking places on the map, searching by address, or jump straight by connecting with Foursquare to pull your check-in data for a particular area.
There's no limit to the scope of locations you can add, whether it's across continents or just your local neighborhood, the points are intelligently connected and an abstract piece begins to form. I had fun creating the Meshu below which covers all the places in the world that I loved visiting.
"These are all the places in the world that I loved visiting" - Paul Salisbury
When you're happy with your creation, select whether you want earrings, cuff links, or a necklace and choose your desired material. If you choose nylon or silver then Meshu ensures it is printable and sends it through to us at Shapeways. To finish your jewelry they attach fasteners or chains and lovingly send it on it's way to you.
Examples of Meshu pieces that have been printed in silver by Shapeways
This rather striking first piece "Mighty Eagle Ring" is designed by Kristian Saarikorpi and crafted in stirling silver. 3D Printing allows Primesmith to customize each piece to fit, in much the same way Shapeways does. Primesense also has ambitions to further develop 3D tools that would allow fans to design their own jewelry in a similar fashion to My Robot Nation.
You can expect to see more jewelry featured in the collection soon, and at some easier to swallow prices too. Such as the pendant pictured below, which is expected to sell for $50.
I also wouldn't be surprised to see more fan art jewelry on Shapeways too, just remember to avoid infringing on copyrights by bringing your own design flare to the original works you create.
Happy Friday! Your fresh dose of community generated, digitally fabricated awesome has arrived...
TurtlesAreCool is doing some wonderful things with Stainless Steel. Below is a clip for holding pages in a book of sheet music.
Sometimes you just want a taste of the old days. If you're iPhone is feeling too modern and shiny for you,you can kick it retro-style with ZeeMar's decorative CB Radio Antenna in Black Strong Flexible.
a.wieneke's awesome ring is made up of 7s, one of the most important numbers in fairytales. It was printed in Silver, and he turned it black via post-processing.
Electrobloom's Snap Chain Bracelet can have links added or removed to fit your wrist. Shown in Black Strong & Flexible.
growthobject's africa #ceramic grape holder is not only lovely, but a good cause. Following a common Spanish new year's tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight, the shape of the design happens tp resemble the African continent. They currently have $12 towards each purchase earmarked for an African NGO.
Possibly one of the most touching stories of using 3D printing to create a unique, personal gift and we are not just talking a photo printed on a cup...
Shapeways community member Phelicia Ramlogan created a gift straight from a child's imagination and 3D printed it in full color. Kira wanted a submarine duck, mocked it up in ZBrush and Photoshop (yes she is 4 years old), her father cleaned up the 3D model a little then had it 3D printed by Shapeways.
You must read the story below from the parents perspective.....
When a 4 year old understands that they can 3D model to design and 3D print exactly what they want, nothing is going to hold them back....