Shapeways Partners with Museum of Arts and Design to Provide Interactive 3D Printing Experiences in Conjunction with Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital

Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is the first in-depth museum survey dedicated to exploring the impact of computer-assisted methods of production on contemporary art, architecture, and design. Shapeways, the 3D printing marketplace and community, is partnering with MAD for the exhibition and will host ‘OUT OF HAND/HANDS ON,’ an educational and interactive space on the Museum’s second floor where visitors will be able to experience 3D design and printing firsthand.

Opening  in conjunction with the exhibition on October 16th and running through April 2014, the ‘OUT OF HAND/HANDS ON’ space will include a series of interactive 3D apps for visitors to create their own 3D models, on site 3D scanning, and 3D printing in a range of materials. Shapeways’ ‘Designers in Residence’ working in the gallery will also be available to demonstrate 3D modeling techniques and tools used to create objects like those in the exhibition.

Interactive 3D apps will deepen audiences’ understanding of the 3D design process and make it easy for those with limited 3D design skills to create or modify a 3D model. MAD visitors can choose from a selection of existing 3D models, including sculptural forms, fine jewelry, among other designs, to print in materials ranging from plastics and ceramics to jewelry grade metals such as sterling silver.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to be 3D scanned and 3D printed into mini figurines by an in-house high resolution 3D printer in any of the 30 materials currently available on The figurines will be available for purchase on Shapeways’ website.

Shapeways ‘Designers in Residence‘ creating designs for 3D printing in the ‘OUT OF HAND/HANDS ON’ interactive space will be available to discuss their use of digital fabrication with exhibition visitors. Designers in Residence reflect the range of creators represented in the exhibition and include artists, architects, industrial designers and programmers who use 3D printing in their practice.

Shapeways will also be collaborating with the Museum of Arts and Design on a series of lectures and master classes, ranging from basic overviews of 3D printing to targeted classes for artists, designers, and architects to gain a deeper understanding of how they can engage with 3D printing. For more information on classes and timing visit MAD’s website. Additional classes will be added on a regular basis.


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