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Radical Love: Chelsea Manning by Heather Dewey-Hagborg

A recent article written by Michael Molitch-Hou featured on 3dprintingindustry.com features an amazing piece by artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg titled "Radical Love: Chelsea Manning."

The following is an interesting quote from the article, "Dewey-Hagborg says, 'She has been imprisoned and unable to be seen or visited for the duration of her gender transition. As long as she’s been identifying as Chelsea Manning we’ve been unable to see her, so there was poetry to making visible the invisible.' Manning herself was interested in the project because she thought that it was 'really good at examining the convergence of art, science and technology.'"

To read and view more of the article view the link here.

For more developments in full color 3d printing view another article by Michael Molitch-Hou found here.


Bloom Vase by Michael Eden

This is a great video illustrating the possibilities when shifting between analog and digital creative processes. Here is a link to a CFile article with more information about Michael Eden's work.


Appropriate Audiences & INKO, CNC Tattooing & Conductive Ink

This post is an interesting combination between two fields of technology, digital fabrication and DIY computing/electronics.

Appropriate Audiences is an interesting group of hacker/designers who have modified a 3D printer to be able to tattoo onto both two and three dimensional surfaces (illustrated in the video above).

Working with Appropriate Audiences, Alexandre Echasseriau hopes to make a digitally fabricated version of INKO, a hand tattooed iPad keyboard/case. But the tattoo ink used for INKO isn't just any regular ink, it is a electrically conductive ink, enabling for a circuit to be impregnated into the leather in a durable and flexible manner.

The conductive ink used is a product sold by BARE Conductive, who in addition to selling the ink, offer a variety of interactive peripherals including circuit boards, LEDs and pin batteries. A video about their products can be seen below.

For further reading about this project see the original Design Milk article here.


Manipulating 3d Scans

In addition to editing the mesh model of a 3D scan one can also edit the texture map applied to its surface. The video and photos below come from a 3D Printing Industry article that humorously covers different consumer grade 3D scanners.

This video shows how simple it is to edit the .jpg or equivalent file in Adobe Photoshop. Many scanners will produce this file in addition to the 3D model. If you would like to experiment with this yourself something like this can be done for free with Autodesk 123D Catch.

The above images illustrate the before and after of the altered texture maps. It is also interesting to note that you can get colored 3D prints from various online print services if you don't have access to a color 3D printer.


Wooden Mechanisms by Derek Hugger

Derek Hugger has created an amazing video showcasing some of his mechanized creations.

What makes this video even better is that Derek has made the plans for all his mechanisms in the video for sale, along with some other projects, on his website here. Most of these designs could be recreated using a laser cutter or cnc router and showcase a variety of archetypal mechanisms that could be applied in other projects. He has also taken the time to share some of the links to the tools he uses for creating his work, which can be found here.


Amazing 3D Printed Zoetropes

A zoetrope is an early form of animation commonly seen in 2D animation. In these beautiful 3D printed incarnations a strobe is used to trick the eye into perceiving motion.

Here is an isolated still of one of the ponies.

For further information on the ponytrope you can visit Kelly Eagans site or the original article from Make.

Another great zoetrope recently created is a work titled "All Things Fall" by Mat Collishaw.

This Epic work is a physical manifestation inspired from the painting "Massacre of the Innocents."

All of the 350 figures and architecture were for the most part created with 3ds max and zbrush (who makes sculptris, a free entry level version). For further information from the sourse article visit Make.

Another great zoetrope incarnation is a project called "Blooms" by John Edmark.

Edmark put together an amazing Instructable (which can be found here) explaining the creation of the objects and how to video record them in order to animate them properly.


3D Printing and Mold Making

Interested in making multiples with the 3D Printer but don't have the time that is required for larger prints? One solution may be to make a silicone/rubber mold of a single 3D print, for casting resin positives. The below video goes into detail the process and materials needed for making such a mold.

This video was made by Gordon Tarpley a link to his blog can be found here.