I recently bought some Wood-Based PLA to experiment with. It is made from 80% wood pulp, a little adhesive, and a little PLA. When it prints it has a really nice matte finish and the texture almost make it feel like cardboard (in a good way). An added bonus – when it prints it has that nice wood burning smell..
All of the light brown colored prints in these photos are examples of this wooden filament.
Both of the photos show a clay sculpture of a stump underneath a 3-d scanned version of itself. You can see the scanner had difficulty picking up the deep cracks of the sculpt. The top stump is printed in the wood based PLA. The print resolution is not great, and due to some temperature variation, there are cracks and artifacts throughout. However I tend to like the visible layers because they remind me of tree growth rings, so it seems fitting.
I am going to continue experimenting with different brands of filament and machine settings, stay tuned.
This project started one day by me noticing my nice collection of wooden sea shells. They were all sculpted out of cedar over the years by my father. There are a limited number of them around, and I thought it would be nice to preserve them forever by scanning them into my computer. The forms actually translated wayyyy better than I thought they would into the digital world. I am excited to see what else I can use these files for, and what other materials I can further adapt my father’s art into.
Now that I have the files from the scans, I can make smaller versions, add attachment points, design molds, etc. I think it is really neat to be able to use technology to create new abundance and diversity out of a small sampling of artwork.
These photos of all of a blue ABS 3d print of a larger one of his conch shells.
This photo shows the same shell in a smaller, concrete form. I printed the original CAD model at 10% scale, and made a simple silicone mold, and then cast it in cement. In the center of this photo there is another one of his shells that was reproduced (in miniature) by the same process.
I have been working on a project to design some refrigerators magnets. I liked the idea of making my fridge look like it had been lost underwater for an extended period of time and then salvaged. The stripes are a byproduct of using ABS to print a very organic shape. I think they suit this project. The back side has a cylindrical cut out that fits a standard ceramic magnet.
Tonight is the night of the Trigger Design Show in NYC. I had a great time making my piece and it is exciting to be exhibiting with such a diverse group of talented people. I’m getting some photos taken of my piece in the space so hopefully I will have those to post soon.
Other than that work life has been crazy so I don’t have too many new designs to show you. I did get a couple of designs printed (and reprinted) lately so here is one because I can’t handle a post without a picture.
Just got a few of my pieces in the mail from Shapeways. The boxes are not quite what I had hoped for but that’s why you have to see your models in real life. I do love the yellow color. The bathtub is my favorite and now I feel the need to get myself a dollhouse.
My design will on display at the Trigger Design Show NYC during NYC x Design week. The theme of the show is Gun Violence, and my entry is called “Guts”. I am excited to see everybody’s work and how the show turns out.
The apples are 3-D printed ceramics, and the guts are hand-painted silicone.
My Artist Statement: Entry and exit wounds applied to inanimate objects to illustrate how a minor action can have drastic consequences. Guns elevate the shooter by offering distance, and thus removal, from their impact. Bullets cause gory messes with almost no physical exertion required from the user. Apples symbolize the targeted innocence of the victims.