Lately, I’ve been thinking about what constitutes progress within the field of 3D printing.
The thought was sparked after Google searching the phrase “3D printed art” and finding that despite being interested in the huge implications 3D printing poses at large, politically, commercially, and socially, I wasn’t so much interested in how 3D printing was faring aesthetically.
Naturally, there were a lot of results from the image search. After sifting through dozens of pictures of 3D printed fashions, geometries and miscellany, the first thing to genuinely catch my attention was a photo of Shane Hope’s 3D printed collages, which at first glance were strangely undecipherable. Unlike the other pictures I had looked at, his was a zoomed in image that covered the entire expanse of the frame and yet presented no centralized object. What was intriguing was that the pastel-colored collages were not restricted by the dimensions of the printer. They grew outside the parameters of typical 3D printed materials.
Source: 3D Printing Industry