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Posted by: Damian Joseph on May 15, 2009
When you think of 3d printing, images of scientists or industrial designers fabricating prototypes probably come to mind. But starting today, the process is getting the fine arts treatment. The Esther M. Klein Art Gallery in Philadelphia is opening a new exhibit called “The FAB Show,” which features the work of designers, professors, and artists using the medium.
I spoke with David Clayton, the exhibit’s curator, about why they chose 3d printing. “We wanted to raise awareness about the technology,” he said. “We wanted to give people a glimpse into what we believe is going to be a major future development over the next decade.”
The show features work from Fab@Home, a group attempting to get open-source fabrication kits into the hands of entrepreneurs; Makerbot, which makes open source robot and 3d printer kits; Bathsheba Grossman, who creates metal sculptures based on intricate patterns and mathematical oddities; Mark Ganter, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Washington who has pioneered 3d ceramic printing; and Sabin+Jones LabStudio, which brings together architects, mathematicians, material scientists, and cell biologists to render biological system models.
The show runs through July 3rd and is FREE.
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