Design of the Week: The Root Cause

 The Root Cause

The Root Cause

This week’s selection is the highly detailed “Root Cause” by artist Michael Cardacino.

This incredibly detailed sculpture is a curious mix of ancient and modern elements, created by 21st century technology: 3D printing.

Cardacino explains the inspiration behind the work: 

Inspired from a 2500 year old diagram, described by Buddha to a king who wanted to give the most precious gift to another king who had everything.
Volition, Will, Cause and Effect. Appropriated from the ancient diagram of the Wheel of Life, the skin of the animals inside the ring is made of words representing states of mind. The pig: Ignorance, the bird: Desire and Attachment, and the snake: Hatred and Anger. All three animal skins are composed of words: I, Me, Mine. All three, held tightly in the grip of the Lord of Death.
 A closer look at the base of The Root Cause, a 3D printed sculpture

A closer look at the base of The Root Cause, a 3D printed sculpture

Visually, The Root Cause has a circular theme, with three surrealistic animals chasing each other within a wheel held by a bizarre upside-down human-cat hybrid. 

The Root Cause was 3D printed in nylon materials by both ProtoLabs and Midwest Composite Technologies, both well known industrial 3D print service bureaus. 

 The surface of The Root Cause is actually a mix of lettering and other graphic elements

The surface of The Root Cause is actually a mix of lettering and other graphic elements

After assembly, the final piece was plated in copper by Repliform. Although this is a relatively lightweight nylon print, it appears to be far heavier due to the metallic appearance. 

Cardacino has produce several other interesting works, some of which we’ve recently seen. His pieces tend to include high levels of detail that are apparent only when looking closely. 

Via Michael Cardacino

General Fabb

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has been writing Fabbaloo posts since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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