3D Printers of the World Unite – PrintToPeer’s Giant 3DP Sculpture in the Making

3D printing, though only starting to see its days of glory in the distance, wants to go all out and enjoy more (positive) media coverage to push its agenda of a new way to look and make things, even without a billionaire inventor behind it. In this case, instead of pure speed, the next manufacturing paradigm’s focus is on size and collaborative effort.

Print to Peer teamThe question, which is not exactly lacking ambition either, the PrintToPeer team pictured above is asking, is what would happen if all the 3D printers of the world participated in creating the world’s largest – and crowdsourced in its most pure form – interconnecting sculpture, appropriately named Linked. The Canadian start-up, whose mission is to ultimately “make 3D printing accessible through a web-based printer remote control and monitoring app,” is using this project to launch its way in to the corporate world and potentially gain some significant mindshare of its potential customers whilst doing so. To further ensure the success of this quite personal launch strategy, the company teamed up with artist Jeff De Boer to create the concept behind the evolving piece of art.

In practice, 3D printer owners around the world are given a challenge of personalizing a simple medallion design, print it out and then send it to the team in Calgary where they will ultimately be connected to each other to create the final form of the artwork. The co-founder of the company, Tom Bielecki, sees the entire Linked-process being a very non-discriminatory and participatory one as such: “We’re able to take our artist’s vision and allow anyone in the world with this technology to be the sculptor. We’re excited to demonstrate the endless possibilities and limitless creativity of the community,” he states.

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Source: 3dprintingindustry.com



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