Design of the Week: Composite Prints

By on October 26th, 2015 in Design


This week’s selection is the nearly indescribable composite prints by 3D artist Shane Hope. 

Hope is an eclectic artist creating not only 3D printed works of art, but the 3D printers that make them, too. We say the works are indescribable because, well, you can read his description of the his projects: 

… scribbles scriptable-scalable speculativernacular species-tool-beings, drawbjectifies anythingness, codes algorithmicrackedout quibit-built-quilts, makes maps out of nano-nonobjective-ontographies, and plans playborground ball pits of pure operationally all about all of the above all atomic admin-access-privs-picturesques. 

Hope says he focuses on “imminent object-shock, transubstrationality and hacking matter”. We strongly believe this to be true. 

At top you see “Public Panopticon Powder”, and here is seen “Nano-Nonobjective Noo-Zoos”.  

The works, as you see in the images in this post, is chaotic, complex, varied and wholly irrational. However, the pieces when viewed as an entire unit, do work. They’re quite beautiful and deeply attractive, generating genuine curiosity about what’s in them and how they were made. 

And that’s the question: how does Hope create these strange pieces? We asked and found out. 

The artist builds his own specialized plastic extrusion RepRap-Mendel-style 3D printers, usually larger in size (up to 1m on the X-Y axis, but not so much on the Z height axis). On these, he prints segments generated by his mods of various software, including molecular modeling tools. 

These pieces are then piled up and “brutally ripped and torn” into smaller pieces. The resulting jumble is joined together, sometimes with hand tools, like the 3Doodler. 

The results are incredibly detailed and complex. In a way, Hope’s works are reminiscent of Jackson Pollock, except in a 3D kind of way. 

Via Shane Hope

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!