3D printing is causing all types of hype in the science and engineering communities, and now artists are using the 3D printing craze to create new types of art.
Using 3D printing, artists are capable of replicating famous original pieces such as busts and sculptures. 3D printing is also capable of giving artists the option of putting their own twists and changes on ancient art works.
One of the most notable artists of today creating 3D printed art forms is Cosmo Wenman. Wenman travels to museums around the world and snaps hundreds of pictures of sculptures and busts. Using these pictures, along with an Autodesk program, Wenman is able to construct a 3D file that he can then send to his MakerBot 3D printer. The result is an exact replicate of the art work, on a much smaller scale. Furthermore, Wenman also plans on making all his files openly available on Makerbot’s Thingverse.
Other than replicating old art forms, many people are also creating their own original work. One of the latest is the work of Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer, called Digital Grotesque. Simply put, it involves printing an entire room out of sandstone. The room was inspired by the work of H.R. Giger, a Swiss artist who helped work on the effects in the movie Alien. Using some of the designs from his work, Dillenburger and Hansmeyer are using an algorithm that divides and repeats geometrical shapes. In turn, they have ended up with a design that is completely symmetrical and has the look of a temple from an alien world.