This week’s selection is the amusing “Nose Box” by DaveMakesStuff.
Design of the Week: TG89 Cube
This week’s selection is the TG89 Cube by Bart Smits.
Design of the Week: 120 3D Printed Statues of Women
This week’s selection are the 120 3D Printed Statues of Women by the Smithsonian.
Can 3D Printing Be the Technology That Helps Bring Music to the Environmentally-Savvy Consumer?
A resurgence in popularity for vinyl music coincided with the democratization of 3D printing technologies.
Researchers Develop Color Bioinks for 3D Printed Artwork
Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a highly unusual 3D print material.
Automania, MoMA and 3D Printing
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi examine how art is influenced by 3D printing through an automotive art show.
Hollywood Manufacturing for Big (and Small) Screen Productions
From 3D printers to CNC mills, Thingergy’s Frank Ippolito delves into the manufacturing processes behind filmmaking.
What Is Achievable With FFF 3D Print Technology?
After seeing this incredible 3D print, you realize what is truly possible with FFF technology.
The First 3D Printed Art NFTs Appear
What might be the very first collection of 3D printed NFT art is now available.
Satori Assisting Artists With 3D Print Technology
Satori described an innovation collaboration with designer Ganit Goldstein.
Watch As This Artist Fills Broken Wall Structures With A 3D Filament Pen
One of the biggest strengths of an artist is being able to see the world in a different light and to bring their vision into reality.
Mahdi Naim Partners With Satori On 3D Printed Work-From-Home Tools
Satori announced a partnership with Mahdi Name Design Lab to produce a series of 3D printed work-from-home tools.
Italy’s Digital Renaissance Gets Help From 3D Printing
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi take an artistic look at Italian 3D printer use in the country’s latest Renaissance.
Watch These 3D Printed Coral Light Designs Grow Into Being
It’s one thing to make a stunning light fixture, but it’s another thing to make a statement with it using a whole different medium.
Book of the Week: Integrating 3D Modeling, Photogrammetry and Design
This week’s selection is “Integrating 3D Modeling, Photogrammetry and Design” by David Halbstein.
An Interesting 3D Printed Lithophane Service
LithophaneMaker is a fascinating free service that allows you to generate all imaginable types of 3D printed lithophane models.
Question of the Week: 3D Printing Tree Branches In Metal
A reader inquires about the best method for 3D printing an artistic work in metal. We explore several options, some of which are quite expensive.
An Interview With A 3D Pen Artist
Katherine Bialek is an accomplished 3D pen artist. We learned her secrets of how to efficiently build complex 3D designs with only a 3D pen.
Incredible 3D Printed “Visible Man” Available Through Full Color 3D Technology
Mimaki’s powerful full color texture 3D printers are being used to 3D print mass quantities of customized artwork for consumers.
An Update on Sandhelden
Sandhelden just split their company into two different divisions to allow their sand-stabilization 3D printing technology to be used in both construction and household applications.
Design of the Week: Screenhouse
This week’s selection is “Screenhouse” by Artist Edra Soto.
Counterpoint: Nobody Owns Their Ideas
We recently published an article based on a well-known artist’s experience in seeing her work stolen and sold without permission; now we’ve heard from another well-known artist who essentially says there’s no such thing as design theft.
It Should Be Obvious: Don’t Steal 3D Files
Designer Melissa Ng of Lumecluster recently saw her own design files for sale on a 3D design repository. The problem was she has never sold her files.
Recent Trends in 3D Printing Glass
Charles Goulding and Andressa Bonafe of R&D Tax Savers discuss innovations in 3D printing with glass.
Met Gala Fashion 2019: 3D Printing, Camp, Collaboration
3D printed fashion added to the extravaganza that is the Met Gala this year.
The Metallizr Is Coming
Soon we’ll find out what The Metallizr can do for 3D prints.
One Hundred Years of Bauhaus: Modernizing Modern Art Using 3D Printing
Charles Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi discuss 100 years of Bauhaus design and an intersection with 3D printing.
MoMA and Machine Art: Then and Now
Charles Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi discuss art: modern, machine, 3D printed.
Melissa Ng Throws Down the (3D Printed) Design Gauntlet
Melissa Ng’s stunning Phoenix Gauntlets are inspired by 15th century armor and brought to new fashionable life with 3D printed jacket molds.
Lumecluster, Marvel, and Marvelous Technology
Melissa Ng shares her story of process and product in part two of our interview.
Lumecluster: Behind the 3D Printed Mask with Melissa Ng
Melissa Ng’s work with Lumecluster is nothing short of inspiring.
van Straaten’s Quest for Color 3D Print Quality: An Update
Remember a few months ago Netherlands-based Eric van Straaten sought funding to acquire a color 3D printer? There’s an interesting update to his story.
Bathsheba – “It’s Probably Easier to Make Money Than to Do the Best Work You’re Capable Of.”
The Woman in 3D Printing I am delighted to present in the blog today is the well-known Bathsheba.
Design of the Week: Rottlace Masks
This week’s selection is the strange Rottlace mask by the MIT Mediated Matter Group.
When to Take the Plunge: van Straaten Seeks Own Color 3D Printer?
Long-time 3D print artist Eric van Straaten of the Netherlands is attempting something unique for artists in this field: obtaining his own color 3D printer.
Are Boutique 3D Print Shops the Correct Path for Artists?
What’s a 3D print artist to do? Bury their works in a gigantic 3D print service? Or is there another route to sales and exposure?
WI3DP: Bridgette Mongeon
Nora Toure interviews artist Bridgette Mongeon.
The Several Selling Options For 3D Print Artists
If you’re a new 3D print artist, how should you go about distributing your works? We found several alternative strategies.
Source3’s Fascinating 3D Content Management System
We’ve been watching Source3 for a while now, and it’s been a bit of a mystery, but now we seem to have figured out what they’re actually doing and it’s pretty amazing.
Six Questions With Joshua Harker
One of the most well-known 3D print artists is Joshua Harker, who has produced a number of incredible 3D prints that we’re sure you’ve seen.
WI3DP: Darlene Farris LaBar
Darlene Farris-LaBar is both an associate professor of art at East Stroudsburg University and an internationally known artist who makes art about the natural environment.
3DPhotoWorks To Bring Art To Life For The Visually Impaired
A new venture hopes to provide a means of 3D printing fine artwork in ways that visually impaired individuals can appreciate.
Bitoni Says 3D Printing Is Stagnant?
World-famous 3D designer Francis Bitoni declared in an interview with Dezeen that he believes the current state of 3D printing is stagnant. Is this true?
Capcom Moves to 3D Printing for New Cover Art
Capcom, makers of many notable video games over the past 32 years, now makes use of 3D printing to bring a spotlight on their new game, Street Fighter V.
Artficial’s 3D Printed “Art DNA”
Artficial is a new source for interesting 3D models and prints, focusing on historical sculptures.
There’s Something New Every Week at 52shapes
A unique 3D design and print delivery process has been created by the folks at 52shapes.
Solidscape Awards Design Winners
An amazing set of jewelry designs were selected for awards at the recent Baselworld Design Competition.
7,000 3D Printed Words Printed in Spain
An unusual art installation at the Colombian Embassy in Madrid is 3D printing 7,000 words.
Incredible 3D Scans from The Lincoln For 3D Printing
A museum in Lincolnshire, UK, has made available highly detailed 3D scans of many of their works.
FABMOBs Links Big Data to 3D Printing
A startup hopes to demonstrate their ability to convert large-scale databases into artistic visualizations.
3D Printed Art Engages Children
An art exhibition at a K-12 school in India converted imaginary objects from the minds of children to become real objects.
A Fully Mechanical 3D Printer? Yes, It Exists
It has been proven: a rudimentary 3D printer has been built solely from mechanical components – with no electronics involved.
PrintaBit: The Artist’s 3D Print Service
The world of 3D printing continues to expand and specialize: Now there’s a 3D print service dedicated to artistic works: PrintaBit.
Arabic Style Ceiling Produced With 3D Printing
123D member Mark Leonard created an amazing ceiling fixture using 3D printing technology.
The Unfortunate End of a 3D Print
An unfortunate incident occurred at the 3D Printshow last week. While browsing the incredible artistic 3D prints in the gallery, a massive shattering noise was heard.
Digital Crafts: A Book for Artists Exploring 3D Printing
We’ve checked out a new book that is specifically designed to assist artists who enter the world of 3D printing and digital design. The book contains many case studies involving not only digital design using 3D CAD software, but also the process of 3D printing using contemporary equipment and 3D scanning. There’s even information… Continue reading Digital Crafts: A Book for Artists Exploring 3D Printing
The World’s Largest 3D Print Gallery
In retrospect, we hadn’t realized what we were looking at, when, at the 3D Printshow we stumbled into the covertly-located 3D print gallery. The large area held many examples of 3D printed art, some already famous and some about to be famous. We met some of the artists who had produced the work, as… Continue reading The World’s Largest 3D Print Gallery
Analyzing Rembrandt and Van Gogh in 3D
Most of us have only see society’s most important paintings through 2D reproductions. Unfortunately, painting is actually a 3D art that layers color atop color to create an image. So, without being able to see the actual strokes a painter has made, much of the information stored in a painting is lost. In an… Continue reading Analyzing Rembrandt and Van Gogh in 3D
Follow the White Rabbit, the 3D Printed One
In the classic movie, The Matrix, Neo is challenged by a mysterious online message to “Follow the White Rabbit”. Such a rabbit appears before Neo who follows it all the way to the famous quote from Morpheus: “You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole… Continue reading Follow the White Rabbit, the 3D Printed One
You Can Help Make 3D-Rex
A new Kickstarter project from Namisu proposes to produce a series of geometric mesh Tyrannosaurus Rex heads using 3D printing. The Namisu project team behind 3D-REX, four folks from Spain and the UK, view 3D-REX as their first of many similar decorative 3D art projects. They say: Through the 3D-REX project we wanted to… Continue reading You Can Help Make 3D-Rex
3D Printing and Painting – Together At Last
Artist Ioan Florea has developed a new technique for linking the new technology of 3D printing with the ancient art of painting. The recent immigrant to the USA has developed a line of fast dry oil pants, but we’re most interested in the way in which he integrated 3D printing. The process begins with… Continue reading 3D Printing and Painting – Together At Last
Platige Image’s Astonishing 3D Printed Sculpture: Biostagog
A collaboration of artists and technicians has created one of the most amazing 3D printed sculptures ever attempted. Polish company Platige Image required a “statement” for their headquarters in Warsaw and we believe this massive sculpture delivers. They say: The installation was supposed to be an interactive, “living” element in the building, a phenomenon… Continue reading Platige Image’s Astonishing 3D Printed Sculpture: Biostagog
Intricate 3D Printed Mobiles
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… Continue reading Intricate 3D Printed Mobiles
Diving Deep into Art with 3D Technology
A detailed interview with Liz Neely, Director of Digital Information & Access at the Art Institute of Chicago by Fresh & New reveals some very interesting approaches to art now enabled by inexpensive 3D scanning and 3D printing technology. Among the new approaches being investigated by Neely’s team are: Detailed 3D scanning of… Continue reading Diving Deep into Art with 3D Technology
A Showcase of Influential 3D Print Artists
Editor’s note: This guest post comes from 3D printing aficionado Chris Waldo, who has compiled a very impressive list of some very impressive folks pushing the envelope on 3D printing every week. [Update: All images below are thumbnails; please click on them to see larger views] Throughout all emerging markets & technologies, there… Continue reading A Showcase of Influential 3D Print Artists
3D Printed Typography
This is an interesting design: designer Luca Ionescu used typography as the foundation for this piece, which is not surprising, since Ionescu is also a typographer. The complex design incorporates type as a main feature; this approach is something we see often when people are preparing custom 3D prints. Typography is one of the… Continue reading 3D Printed Typography
3D Printing a Pulsar
A pulsar is a very strange astronomical object that is the result of a collapsing star. The conservation of angular momentum means the small collapsed star spins very rapidly, causing it to “pulse” its radio signals on a very reliable frequency, hence the name “Pulsar”. Peter Walters and Katie Davies of England’s University of… Continue reading 3D Printing a Pulsar
Scream A 3D Print, Literally
A truly amazing installation of what’s called “Production Art” is now open for viewing – and screaming – at Rabobank HQ in Utrecht, Netherlands. Screaming, you ask? That’s exactly what visitors must do when the visit Alicia Framis’ “Screaming Room” exhibition. You scream, the waveform is recorded and translated instantly into a 3D model (a… Continue reading Scream A 3D Print, Literally
Hilldrup’s Fragments in Time
We caught news of an interesting artistic application of 3D printing, on display this past week in Munich at the 84Ghz exhibition. Artist Daniel Hilldrup created two works from his series Fragments in Time using 3D printing tech from Objet. One item is imaged here, showing a candle holder with the wax seemingly melting… Continue reading Hilldrup’s Fragments in Time
3D Printing For Graphic Artists
Graphics.com, a publication dedicated to the 3D arts recently posted “Fundamentals: 3D Printing of Digital Models”. In this piece they take the reader through a basic explanation of 3D printing concepts and a walk through the lifecycle of a print: design, print and finishing of a trophy award (see image). No big surprises, but… Continue reading 3D Printing For Graphic Artists
Create Your Own Museum With 3D Printing
There was quite a bit of media buzz the other week when it was revealed that the venerable Smithsonian of Washington DC has been digitizing and 3D printing some of their famous works. Imaged is the famous statue of second US president Thomas Jefferson that was scanned & modeled by Studio EIS and 3D printed… Continue reading Create Your Own Museum With 3D Printing
The 3D Printed Art of Robert Geshlider
Artists have begun leveraging 3D printing technology to produce wondrous creations. This week we encountered an artist who is pushing the technology to its limit by creating perhaps the most amazing 3D printed pieces we’ve ever seen. We contacted California-based Robert Geshlider and asked him a few questions about his work, some of which… Continue reading The 3D Printed Art of Robert Geshlider
Video: Using Haptic Tech for 3D Design
Artist Farah Bandookwala describes her experience using a haptic input device to design wonderful 3D sculptures. Haptic technology is the ability to “touch” a model using physical feedback mechanisms. This changes the design process significantly from conventional 3D design methods to something perhaps more akin to traditional art approaches. She’s been using the Cloud9 software/hardware… Continue reading Video: Using Haptic Tech for 3D Design
Tangles From Joshua
He may not be the first, and certainly won’t be the last, but Josh Harker is another artist leveraging 3D printing as a way to get his art to the world. He’s created an online store to market his works, which are created thru 3D print service Sculpteo. Admirers may purchase the works from his… Continue reading Tangles From Joshua
Capture That Onion!
Last year artist David Bowen produced a fantastic kinetic artwork entitled “growth modeling device” in which a live onion plant is 3D scanned once every 24 hours, and then that scan is 3D printed. Amazingly, the 3D prints are then shuffled along a conveyor belt so you can see (and touch) the various stages of… Continue reading Capture That Onion!
3D Printed Art
There’s always a stream of magnificent artwork emerging from 3D printers. Here’s a round up of some interesting pieces we’ve seen recently: A 3D printed ring in stainless steel by noformdesign Ancient Critters by smallstuffstudio Human skull demonstrating multicolour capability by ZCorp Valentine… Continue reading 3D Printed Art
Making an Artist’s Living by 3D Printing
There’s a wonderful article by 3D printing artist Bathsheba Grossman over at Say Something, where she describes her journey from student to world-renowned 3D artist. And the best part: She’s now making a living from selling 3D printed art. But it isn’t easy. She spent ten years after completing school to build up the… Continue reading Making an Artist’s Living by 3D Printing
Shapeways continues to innovate, and this time it’s The Photoshaper. What is it? It’s a cross between 3D and 2D mediums in which you submit a standard 2D photograph and Shapeway’s unique software will interpret the colors and shading to produce a semi-3D model of the photograph. The object can then be illuminated from… Continue reading The Photoshaper
Dining Room Table Printed
It’s really just a model, but the concept was developed by Swiss Designer Phillippe Cramer. Interestingly, Philippe’s model is entitled, “Stalactite Table”, which mirrors the 3D printing process that produced it: layer by layer. Maybe when the build chambers of commonly available 3D printers are a bit bigger than they are now (12 inches… Continue reading Dining Room Table Printed
What To Do With A 3D Printer?
That’s the question being both asked and answered by Lee Byron, who is developing a rather interesting 3D typographic model of our favorite planet, Earth (well, it’s Fabbaloo’s favorite planet! For now, anyway.) Byron hopes to print out a globe with each country being composed of 3D lettering of the country’s name, as you can… Continue reading What To Do With A 3D Printer?
Another specialized 3D print service is open for business. This time it’s 3DArtToPart.com, a artist-oriented service that specializes in printing small works of art. In reality, they appear to be able to accept any 3D model in any of these formats: .obj, .3ds, .lwo, .stl, .dxf, .c4d. and SolidWorks files, in spite of the preponderance… Continue reading 3DArtToPart
Geometric 3D Art
Bathsheba Grossman is an artist that specializes in that geometric zone where art, science and mathematics link together. She produces very unique designs, and many are available for direct purchase over the web. Pictured is the 3 and 3/4 inch long “MG” metal piece, priced at US$325. According to Bathsheba: I use a lot of… Continue reading Geometric 3D Art
There’s Cuteness in RFIDs
Actually, it’s the other way around. Lisa Smith, Masters of Design student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago / Designed objects, has put RFIDs into something she calls the “Cuteness Generator”. She’s created unique 3D objects and embedded an RFID transmitter into each: They’re designed to be artifacts for schoolkids (K-12) that… Continue reading There’s Cuteness in RFIDs
Design and the Elastic Mind
Design and the Elastic Mind is the name of a new exhibit to open in February at New York City’s MOMA. The exhibit will feature the work of Finnish designer Janne Kyttänen, who is one of the founders of Freedom of Creation, a firm we’ve posted on previously. The exhibit runs from February 24th through… Continue reading Design and the Elastic Mind
Ok, we admit this is only marginally related to 3D printing, but it is interesting enough that we thought we’d point it out to readers. It’s a work of art that includes a mechanical eyeball that literally follows you as you move near the exhibit. What’s the 3D print connection? The black case was printed… Continue reading OptoIsolator