3D Printing... As Art

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.

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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.”

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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.

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The show runs through July 3rd and is FREE.

Reader Comments

Allen Glicksman

May 19, 2009 11:45 AM

I am not an artist or an engineer and I attended the exhibit on opening day. It is really worth seeing. The items on exhibit are going to be really interesting to anyone who wants to know what the future holds, and being around all that creative thinking is quite stimulating in itself. And you won't see stuff like this in any other gallery. Allen

Kate Clark

May 20, 2009 11:44 AM

The Klein Gallery is doing some amazing work and it is great to see they are being recognized for it!

Phil

May 29, 2009 3:40 PM

It's disappointing they left out the work of Berkeley professor Carlos Sequin. He's been doing this sort of work for a decade or so: http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/~sequin/SCULPTS/sequin.html

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