By on May 12th, 2009 in blog



We came across an interesting design that leverages 3D printing tech in a unique way. Erwin Driessens and Maria Verstappen are Netherlands-based artists who’ve developed many amazing pieces; their portfolio includes a wide variety of approaches.

One of their works, “Breed” involves 3D printing. According to their website:

Breed is a computer program that uses artificial evolution to grow very detailed sculptures. The purpose of each growth is to generate by cell division from a single cell a detailed form that can be materialised. On the basis of selection and mutation a code is gradually developed that best fulfils this “fitness” criterion and thus yields a workable form. The designs were initially made in  plywood. Currently the objects can be made in  nylon  and in  stainless steel by using 3D printing techniques. This automates the whole process from design to execution: the industrial production of unique artefacts.

The image above is one instance of “Breed”, and more images are availabe at their site. We disagree slightly with their statement of “automating the whole process” – we still need artists, don’t we?

Via Driessens and Verstappen

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo 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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