Can an inanimate object embody emotion? Combining the science of Estudio Guto Requena and the technology of Stratasys 3D Printing, it certainly can.
Here’s how it works. The folks over at Estudio Guto Requena in Sao Paulo, Brazil approached subjects and asked them to recount a love story. During the storytelling, the heart rate, brain activity, and voice waves were tracked with the combined data being used to detail the physical effects of emotion. The collected data is then input into software produced by D3 studio that creates an STL 3D printing file. The STL file is a graphic representation in structural form of the love story told by the participant. The structures are then 3D printed into an everyday object, like a bowl, vase, or another piece of artwork.
The studio calls this a “study in design, science and technology that captures the emotions people feel in relating personal love stories and transforms them into everyday objects. The project suggests a future in which unique products will bear personal histories in ways that encourage long life cycles, thus inherently combining deeply meaningful works with sustainable design.”
What inspires a project like this? 3D printed soundwaves.
“The idea of collecting data and translating it into a physical object is not new. However, this is the first time that emotion has ever been translated into a physical piece, as far as we know,” said Carlos R. B. Gonzalez, Director of Business at Anacom Eletrônica. “3D Printing is still a new technology for many artists. When they get familiarized with the additive manufacturing process and the ability to create objects layer by layer, it will open up their mind to new possibilities in the creative process. This will open up a new range of expression for their feelings and expand the possibilities greatly. People get very excited with technology and art and this will only add to that excitement.”
A project like this does not get completed without its challenges. “An Application Engineer had to help us with the final design,” Gonzalez said. “The design had to be adapted to the tray size and made slightly smaller. It also had to be modified slightly to be made stronger.”
“PolyJet 3D printing technology was the best for this project since it had the best strength and agility to 3D print these complex structures. The 3D printer needed to be able to produce good surface finishing and accommodate the appropriate materials,” Gonzalez said.
The resulting products are beautiful but not just because of their aesthetics; they’re beautiful because each is a unique piece of art that contains the intimate emotions of a loving sibling, parent, spouse, or friend. While the project is still in its early phase, it has a bright future which includes full color pieces.
“This is the first phase of the project and we expect in the future to move something like this into other spheres. For example, if you want to give a gift you would go to a place and tell a story with the sensors attached and a few days later you receive the film and the created object from the story told,” Gonzalez said.
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