Intricate 3D Printed Mobiles

By on May 16th, 2013 in Design


Everyone loves mobiles – those delicately balanced sculptures that hang and swing. Artist Marco Mahler, in collaboration with fellow artist Henry Segerman, has released a collection of 3D printed mobiles this week that we find fascinating for several reasons. 
First, Mahler explains that: 
After an extensive Google search, it appears that these are the first fully 3D printed mobiles in the world.
There are a lot of things in the world and not all of them are 3D printed – yet. But artists such as Mahler are doing their part to convert the world’s stuff into 3D models. 
Aside from the precedent, the models (and there are a bunch of them) are very delicate. While mobiles are always light, the technology of 3D printing permits models of unusual shapes and dimensions. The precision of balance is designed to 1/1000 of a millimeter. 
Another way Mahler has leveraged 3D printing is to create mobiles with a staggering number of parts. Children’s mobiles are typically 6-12 pieces, but through the magic of mathematical generation, Mahler has one piece that is comprised of an astonishing 1365. Good thing you don’t have to assemble that one yourself – it is 3D printed in assembled form. 
You can have any of these amazing mobiles by purchasing them from Mahler’s Shapeways shop. They come in 3D printed nylon, fulfilling one of Mahler’s objectives: 
Yay, finally a mobile we can put in the dishwasher!

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!