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Art And Technology 3D Printing Complements Each Other In The Field Of Art

Aug 22, 2019

Over the years, the medium of creative art has continued to expand. Now, with the help of 3D printing technology, art seems to have unlimited choices.


How do art and technology complement each other?

With 3D printers, artists can create everything they want - yes, everything! This technology has been introduced into almost every branch of the art world, and the final product is shocking. Let's take a look at the various artes that are "engaged" with 3D printing:

Visual art + 3D printing


Perhaps the most obvious form of art that uses 3D printing technology is visual art. 3D printed art installations, sculptures, etc. can be found in many places. 3D printing gives these artists more freedom to create complex structures that were once almost impossible to make, or that are time consuming and difficult. It also delivers the power of creation to artists because they don't need specialized skills to make 3D prints, just some CAD design know-how and 3D printers.

There are several of the most unique artists in "Visual Art + 3D Printing":

Joshua Harker: The 3D printed sugar skull in the picture above is from his hand. Not only that, but because of his innovative approach to sculptural design, he is also considered the father of 3D printing art; he is known for combining CT and 3D scanning techniques to create stunning plastic facial/skeletal structures. On his personal website, he wrote: “Art is about pushing the limits of form and dimension to share the vision... explore what can be made and how to implement it in an effort to tell a story or create an experience.”

Kate Blacklock: The sculpture doesn't just stay on the plastic filaments. Blacklock uses clay to make 3D printed pottery. Her fascinating work includes many openwork and delicate patterns, as well as the precision of 3D printers and the vision of creative genius.

Danny van Ryswyk: van Ryswyk designed the nightmare characters, printed them, painted them by hand, and carefully placed them in a gorgeous glass display case. He uses polyamide filaments to bring his fantasy creations to life, rather than hand-carving, because he claims that printing improves the clarity and accuracy of the images he wants to form.

Music + 3D printing



The art of 3D printing is not limited to museum installations - artists of different art disciplines have found ways to adopt 3D printing in their field. With the rise of 3D printing technology, musicians will soon see their instruments and tools being made finer and faster than ever before.

Gilles Azzaro: Have you ever wondered if you can make a permanent voice? The French artist Gilles Azzaro did it, and he achieved this through 3D printing. He uses sound wave recording and converts it into a tangible structure through 3D printing. Some of his most famous works are the crying of his dear friend's newborn and Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

Olaf Diegel: He is a sound engineer and professor, and a master of 3D printing. Digel is passionate about music and uses it to make ODD guitars. Diegel is very open to his creative process and explains how his guitar is formed on his website.

· 3D Music Box Custom: Due to the Etsy seller 3D Music Box Custom, the music meets 3D printing in a pleasant mix. According to their product details, the music box is printed using PLA and can be customized from the color of the box to the melody.

Movie + 3D printing


In addition to using the aforementioned 3D printed clothing and props/appliance work, film photography also uses 3D technology in its considerable number of branches. Since 3D printing enables precise design and perfect end products, there is no doubt that this industry is a fan of this technology. Printing replacement parts for damaged equipment is faster than ordering original replacement parts. Printing stop motion animations is more attractive than traditional, hard methods. Here are some of the most interesting projects they are currently working on with 3D printers:

· Studio DBLG: The stop motion animation era is mainly realized by the medium of wood, clay and even detachable bricks. But now there is a new element - 3D printing has caught the attention of animators. Studio DBLG created "Bears On Stairs," a looping animation of a bear walking up the stairs, using 50 3D printed models per frame (see image above).

· Build your own equipment: Cinema photography can be an expensive industry. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce costs by printing your own equipment. From rigs to tripods, there are many affordable and convenient options to get the best DIY equipment.

Since there are so many art branches, there are many branches that 3D printing technology is not enough to satisfy. These are just some of the art branches that the technology is pursuing, but as this technology becomes more popular, you can certainly expect to see more. In the 3D printing world, the artist's series of choices is virtually unlimited. Through this technology, artists can create their inner dreams.