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Beetle Sculptures Encrusted with Minerals by Nozomi

Beetle Sculptures Encrusted with Minerals by Nozomi

October 15, 2017

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Christopher Jobson

Paris-based artist Nozomi created these glistening beetle specimens through a process of digital sculpting, 3d printing, and good old-fashioned lacquer painting. The works are a continuation of an ongoing series where she explores the backs of beetles as a backdrop for her ditigal work. More



Design Science

3D-Printed Solar Systems, Moons and Planets for Your Desktop

3D-Printed Solar Systems, Moons and Planets for Your Desktop

Mar.1.17

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Christopher

The folks over at London-based Little Planet Factory make tiny 3d-printed planets and moons you can sit on your desktop or hold in your hands. Designs include everything from entire solar systems to collections of moons, individual planets, and even science fiction creations like a theoretical terraformed Mars globe. More



Animation Design

A Stop Motion Examination of Endless Loading Screens

A Stop Motion Examination of Endless Loading Screens

Feb.17.17

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Kate

Director Rafael Vangelis transforms the unbearable task of watching an endlessly spinning wheel or loading bar into an entertaining and analogue study of self-produced loading mechanisms in his latest short film Analogue Loaders. Using stop motion techniques and traditional animation he turns clay, wood, 3D-printed objects, and even eggs into 3D loaders, dazzling the eye rather than enraging the mind. More



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Blooms 2: Extraordinary New Strobe-Animated Sculptures by John Edmark

Blooms 2: Extraordinary New Strobe-Animated Sculptures by John Edmark

Jan.10.17

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Christopher

As artist John Edmark's sculptures wiggle, wobble, and twist before your eyes like some alien creature, it’s hard to believe that what you’re seeing is a real physical object—but we assure you it is, with a bit of trick photography and some heady mathematics thrown in for good measure. Blooms 2 (a year in the making) is the latest collection of wild strobe-animated sculptures that begin life as computer programs written in Python before being 3D printed and set in motion on a table, but the patterns you see are created, in a sense, by nature itself. More



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A New Dancing Light Sculpture by Akinori Goto

A New Dancing Light Sculpture by Akinori Goto

Nov.29.16

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Christopher

Media artist Akinori Goto (previously) just shared another version of his kinetic light sculpture depicting a series of animated dancing figures. The framework of the sculpture is 3D printed from data of silhouettes traced from an actual dancer, creating a sort of modern-day rotoscoping effect. When illuminated with a bright light, a cross-section of the sculpture is revealed. Goto hopes to soon obtain a patent for the device. (via Prosthetic Knowledge) More



Art

A Fascinating 3D-Printed Light-Based Zoetrope by Akinori Goto

A Fascinating 3D-Printed Light-Based Zoetrope by Akinori Goto

Jun.28.16

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Christopher

Media artist Akinori Goto designed this fun 3d-printed zoetrope that when lit from the side reveals walking people. The piece was just on view at the Spiral Independent Creators Festival where it won both the Runner-up Grand Prix and the Audience Award. Video above from Tokyo Art Beat. (via Prosthetic Knowledge) More



Design

Minimalist Aquariums Filled With 3D Printed Flora by Designer Haruka Misawa

Minimalist Aquariums Filled With 3D Printed Flora by Designer Haruka Misawa

May.27.16

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Kate

Designer and founder of Misawa Design Institute, Haruka Misawa (previously), has designed a series of minimal aquariums titled “Waterscapes” that include 3D printed objects inspired by undersea plant life. These works mimic coral and other aquatic flora that small fish use as hiding places, yet are all manufactured digitally. The objects are ones that would normal topple or crumble because of their own weight, yet because of their underwater location are able to exist as buoyant additions to the aesthetically pleasing fish homes. More



Design Science

A 3D Printed Sundial Displays Time Like a Digital Clock

A 3D Printed Sundial Displays Time Like a Digital Clock

Feb.22.16

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Christopher

Using a clever mix of 3D printing and a few well-placed shadows, this sundial designed by Mojoptix projects the actual time as if displayed on a digital clock. The plastic component that casts the shadow—called a gnomon— is printed with extremely tiny holes that create pinpoint dots of light in the form of digits as the sun shines through during the day.
The sundial does have its limitations. The time only shows in 20 minute increments and it only works from 10am to 4pm during the day. More



Art Design Music

Music and Sound Vibrations 3D Printed Into Ceramic Vessels

Music and Sound Vibrations 3D Printed Into Ceramic Vessels

Feb.8.16

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Kate

Bouncing rhythmically to a deep beat, Studio van Broekhoven’s 3D printer produces ceramic vessels scored by sound. The objects spins as clay is applied in response to the amplified noise, forging visual markings into the clay by way of audio wavelengths. The project, “Solid Vibration” was produced by spatial sound designer Ricky van Broekhoven and designer Olivier van Herpt, who have been co-producing the objects that appear almost like woven baskets. More



Art Design

Flux: A Mesmerizing 3D-Printed Zoetrope that Glows

Flux: A Mesmerizing 3D-Printed Zoetrope that Glows

Dec.14.15

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Christopher

Created by German designer Dieter Pilger along with Janno Ströcker and Frederik Scheve, this dizzying 3D-printed zoetrope was designed around the mathematics of the Fibonacci sequence. Unlike similar devices we’ve seen, Pilger says their design isn’t photographed or viewed using a strobe light to create the animation effect, but instead appears to move when staring directly at it in regular light (or darkness). The team credits John Edmark as their inspiration due to his earlier work with Fibonacci zoetropes. More



Art Design

Unseen Art: 3D Printing Classical Paintings for the Blind

Unseen Art: 3D Printing Classical Paintings for the Blind

Nov.25.15

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Johnny

“You can look but you can’t touch.” That’s one of the first rules of museums, which house priceless works of art. But what about the community of blind and visually impaired who use their sense of touch to experience the world? The Unseen Art Project is an initiative to make art more accessible and inclusive by using 3D-printing technology to create replicas of masterpieces that can be touched ’till your heart is content.
“There are many people in the world who have heard of classical artworks their whole lives but are unable to see them,” says Marc Dillon, a Helsinki-based designer who wants to make works like the Mona Lisa touchable. More

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