The RAPID 2011 Contemporary Art eGallery, sponsored by NCP Leasing is a great place to witness the truly phenomenal potential of 3D printing. There are a number of art pieces here that can only be produced using additive layering techniques - I use this term because there are a range of techniques in use here including inkjet-based 3D printing, fused deposition modeling, powder glass binding and lost-wax casting.
Shown here are 3 of the works produced by artists using Objet 3D printers.
This model was created by first scanning real vegetables and then printing them on the Objet Eden 3D printer. The 3D models were then used to create moulds from which these final slip-cast porcelain objects emerged.
Read and see more about this piece on the RAPID 2011 Contemporary Art eGallery here.
This second piece is called 'Spiral Twins' and grew from regular plant pot containers into unique containers thanks to the vast material index offered by Objet's 3D printers.
The containers were printed on the Objet Eden 3D printer in both Objet DurusWhite 3D printing material (ideal for simulating polypropylene), and Objet FullCure720 transparent 3D printing material featuring great dimensional stability. Both materials emit a translucent effect which was essential to the artist's intended vision.
For more about this piece visit the RAPID 2011 Contemporary Art eGallery here.
The piece was sculpted using FreeForm software and printed on an Objet 3D printer in Objet FullCure720 transparent material.
For more on this piece visit the RAPID 2011 Contemporary Art eGallery here.