For many 3D printing designers, this weekend will be an exciting one, as today until Sunday the official 3D Print Show 2014 will take place in London. Part of this world-famous 3D printing exhibition will be the election of the 3D printing Artist of the Year. There are 14 great contenders who all made lovely designs using 3D technology. 3dprinting.com provides you with a summary of this year’s work: our staff picks.
The first interesting 3D printing design comes from Tobias Klein and is called ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’, pictured above. What he made is a tower block, with odd, colored wires growing out of the buildings. It stands for the long-standing struggle and clash between the man-made build and the natural environment, as described by 3D Print Show’s website. It’s one of those pieces of art that is striking and makes you think about the current state of this world.
Apple iWatch is expected to become the company’s next big step and many are waiting for the company to release their watches. However, it’s not yet certain when the world will be able to buy the watch. Stewart Davies, a product design graduate from University of Edinburgh, could therefore help Apple fans out with a 3D printed version of what he thinks the watch will look like.
He posted the files on My Mini Factory, where anyone could download them for free and 3D print the watch themselves. Users could use their own 3D printer to print out the design, but in case they don’t have a 3D printer, it’s also possible to purchase the watch for $9.99. In other words: for less than 10 dollars, Apple fans can pretend they have an actual iWatch.
Remember 3D Babies? No? Well, they got our attention earlier this year, as they started offering a service where people could buy a 3D printed version of their yet unborn fetus. Yet, that’s completely weird, but apparently their service is successful. A new company from Korea, called 3D Story Corp. has started to imitate their concept and improve the system behind it. Is there a war going on in the 3D printed fetus world?
Their patent-pending software program enables young parents to get a 3D printed version of their fetus. The company uses ultrasound scan data to provide for a real 3D model, which can be printed out. They say their 3D graphic program is unique and their 3D fetus models looks completely like the real fetus. A company called hyVision System will help 3D Story Corp. to print out the objects.
A regular map is nothing more than a flat micro reproduction of a region or a country. Very useful, but if we look at it from an artistic angle, then some improvements could be made. Micro CADD Services (MCS) probably thought the same and therefore designed a 3D version of a landscape of the entire country of Bahrain, using a Matrix 300+ paper 3D printer by Mcor Technologies. In other words: they managed to 3D print a landscape of an entire country solely using paper.
They 3D printed a 1:10,000-scale model of the island Bahrain. It, however, is not a regular map you could easily take with you while visiting the island, as it measures 5.4 meters long by 2.2 meters wide. Nevertheless, the country’s national and local leaders are interested in the map and it might as well take the place of traditional counterparts while planning future events.
This month, an official 3D movie about LEGO has seen the light: The Lego Movie. Unfortunately, the editors at 3dprinting.com are a little bit too old to tell you something about it, but according to IMDB it must be pretty good. As it usually goes, one hype is followed by another and the latest hype for LEGO has something to do with 3D printing. The giant toys retailer is exploring the possibilities of letting customers 3D print their own toys.
According to the Financial Times, John Goodwin - LEGO’s CFO, says the brand is “looking very intently at it and monitoring it, looking at what potential opportunities there are for consumers.” Goodwin thinks “3D printing is a fascinating development and certainly opens up a lot of new avenues.” LEGO chief marketing officer Mad Nipper adds: “It could well be that it might be an exciting opportunity to print your own bricks.”
Apparently, ’3D printing’ has become a cool thing in the world of contemporary pop music. Will.i.am is the Chief Creative Officer of 3D printing company 3D Systems – whatever that means – and Bloc Party’s Kele has released the first 3D printed record. Right now, Cut/Copy joins the hype with what appears to be the first 3D printed video clip. How can a video possibly be 3D printed, one might ask. Well, read the article and find out.
Cut/Copy is an Australian electronic band, which released its fourth album Free Your Mind last year’s November. We Are Explorers is the band’s brand new single and for this video clip the band has been using stop motion techniques. Stop motion, what is that? Well, take a look at The White Stripes’s famous Lego clip Fell In Love With A Girl from 2002. As you can see, the Lego bricks are moving, due to the fact that the makers have constantly been putting them in different positions. After each position, the team made a new photo and the combination of many photos is called stop motion.
South Korea has a lot of unrecognized refugees living in the country today and by the end of 2013 as many as 6,600 people had sought asylum, while only 370 were recognized as official refugees. Even though they are making part of the country, the refugees appear to be neglected due to widespread indifference. The Seoel Museum of Art in South Korea has therefore opened an exhibition on the ‘invisible people’, using 3D printing technologies.
The refugees have come from countries such as Pakistan, Myanmar and Syria, but whilst living in South Korea lots of them haven’t been recognized as official refugees, implying that chances are few for the ‘invisible people’. They are part of the country, while little seem to care of them. Cheil Worldwide therefore came up with the idea to set up and exhibition on this necessary subject. The ad agency works together with the UHNCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and Seoel Museum of Art.
Scott Camazine, the biologist behind the 3D printed skull project From Nature to Art, has successfully launched a new campaign on Kickstarter, called Skulptures. It’s a collection of skeletal memorabilia, miniatures of animal skulls that can be worn as pendants and earrings.
The biologist is a passionate lover of the natural world. “I wanted to capture the details of the structure and essence of each animal in the collection,” he writes on Kickstarter. Camazine has used bronze, brass, silver and gold for its miniatures and his Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded with as much as 5.336 dollars of the required 4.000 dollars.
in 2014 it will be easier to get a 3D printed figurine of yourself, since Asda, a subsidiary of Walmart is expanding its service ‘mini-me’ to as many as 50 stores in January. Retail Week reports that Asda will also be selling 3D printers “in the very near future”.
Making a little figure of yourself is something you can already do in special 3D printing shops, but it’s not a very common service to be offered in supermarkets. Asda is a big supermarket in the United Kingdom and in October this year it already started offering this in-store 3D printing service in its York store. Making a 3D printed figurine of yourself means you will be 3D scanned after which a 3D printer will make a print of you. After a week customers could get their figurine and the total costs per object started at 40 pounds. Customers could basically get their figurine printed out in whatever size they want.
It’s Sunday, so we won’t bother you with too difficult 3D printing stories today. Though, this video is definitely something you wouldn’t want to imitate. In this little video made by the team behind 3dprintingsystems.com, they try to create what they call the impossible 3D print. Although what they come up with is only just a circle-shaped figurine, it definitely takes a lot of time to create an object like this.