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Craft Ideas for Adults

Craft Ideas for Adults.  Create a delightful aged brass patina on a 3D printed Artwork

Craft Ideas for adults

Abstract Sculpture – The Goddess of Tranquility by Koogee Brown. Brass patina finish

If you’re looking for craft ideas for adults and enjoy experimenting with novel techniques then check out this new and rapidly developing area of arts and crafts.

Hi, I’m Koogee Brown from koogeebrown.com.  I make original decorative art and jewellery from 3D printed art decorated with mixed media and craft materials.

Introduction

Straight out of the printer, 3D prints usually have an artificial surface finish, often with visible layer lines.  Sometimes this suits the artwork, but that said, I find that adding an interesting patina greatly enriches the art.  In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to order a 3D printed sculpture from an online 3D printing marketplace, and then add a wonderful aged brass patina using metal leaf treated with vinegar.  It’s quite easy to do and it’s a lot of fun if you enjoy making decorative crafts.

Step 1  If you’re like me you may find this a bit daunting but it’s really very easy and fun.  I want you to choose and order a piece of 3D printed sculpture or jewellery from an online 3D printing marketplace such as Shapeways.   See my tutorial  “Diy Home Decor Ideas” for easy instructions.

For now 3D printing is moderately expensive, but the technology is evolving rapidly and prices and turnaround times are gradually improving.  Remember that these original designs are not mass produced so you will likely own a rare piece of art.

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Cup with Four Handles by ashishm on Shapeways

 

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Escheresque Face peeling by BAROBA on Shapeways

“Shapeways” is a well-known 3D printing company based in New York and the Netherlands.   Their online designer shops hold a treasure-trove of incredibly beautiful sculpture  (mixed up with many weird and nerdy creations).  Many designers like to show off the unique capabilities of 3D printing by making their work very intricate.  However for the purposes of this tutorial we need a piece with easy to reach surfaces which are relatively flat so we can display our lovely patina.  If you are willing to spend some time patiently browsing, you will find perfect designs for this technique.

Step 2  Order your chosen 3D printed sculpture.    Once again you may find this a little scary if you haven’t done it before.  “What if I order the wrong material or size or the thing doesn’t print properly?”   Never fear, when you understand the basics it’s easy (see my tutorial “ Diy Home Decor Ideas” for all the info.)  The 3D printing material used in this tutorial is called “strong and flexible plastic” but it has a unique “chalk like” surface finish.  If I get a little technical it is more accurately laser sintered nylon and it really is strong and quite flexible!  For this technique I recommend “white strong and flexible” which is the unpolished version.  The polishing process can sometimes blur out fine details and anyway the patination process we’re using will have a smoothing effect.

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Julia Vase #001 – Aqua by virtox on Shapeways

Shapeways frequently introduces new materials and many of their existing materials may be suitable for this method.  See their “Materials Page” to learn about their qualities.  Remember that the material you choose must be paintable for this technique to work.

Step 3  You should receive your 3D print in 2 to 5 weeks depending on where you live in the world.  I live in Australia so I have to be patient but if you’re in the U.S. or Europe it should be quicker.  

Although “Shapeways” is very reliable, double check your object for faults.  There may be a small amount of nylon powder left over from the printing process so give it a quick rinse in water and dry thoroughly.

Next, you need to undercoat all surfaces with two coats of spray primer.  It is important you do this because, amazingly laser sintered nylon is actually porous and will initially suck up any glue or paint you apply.  (Unlike the hundreds of injection moulded plastic things you have in your house)

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Spray Primer

STEP 4)  Base Colour
The finished surface will feature a mixture of shiny and dull brass with a base colour showing through in some places.  The base colour can be any shade you choose but I used artist’s “Vermillion” (orange) enamel which I applied by brush.  Brush marks are visible on the finished model which I like, but you could avoid these by using canned spray paint.

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Artists Acrylic (Vermillion)

Step 5  Now we put on our imitation gold leaf.

This is an easy technique, see this instructional youtube video.  From a store that sells Art supplies get hold of some imitation gold leaf (not real gold),  “leafing size” (the glue), and some medium sized soft paint brushes (don’t order yet,  there are more items below).  You will also need tweezers and cotton gloves (to handle the leaf).  I borrowed (stole) one of our kitchen knives to cut the leaf and I used a folded handkerchief as a cutting board.

“Imitation Gold Leaf” is actually a type of brass alloy which contains  copper and zinc.  Any patinating treatments which work for copper (see my tutorial) should work for this metal as well.

After letting the (size/ glue) dry for a half hour as per the instructions I basically “patted” the “gold” leaf on with a small artist’s paintbrush.  The very thin sheets of metal will tear and fragment but don’t worry just keep patting it on.  Cut small pieces with a kitchen knife on a folded handkerchief.  Small leftover fragments may be picked up with the brush and applied to gaps.  Wear cotton gloves (supermarket) and use tweezers for placing smaller chunks.  I found it best not to attempt to cover every tiny gap with a second coat because it’s easy to miss small areas of glue leaving them exposed, often on top of earlier layers of leaf.  This will wreck your patina by making shiny metal areas.

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Applying the Imitation Gold Leaf over the Base Coat

 

STEP 6) OXIDISING WITH BALSAMIC VINEGAR

To “age” or oxidise the metal I used balsamic vinegar from the supermarket.  I applied with a spray bottle in the laundry sink and reapplied every 15 minutes.  I allowed the balsamic vinegar to react for about one hour and then rinsed well with tap water and allowed to dry.  Wear latex gloves.

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Step 7  To finish and protect the patina I recommend two to three coats of clear gloss spray paint.  Of course you can use a matt or semi-gloss finish if you wish.  I used gloss enamel but I think acrylic (shown) should be Ok.

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I hope you’ve had fun and have produced a unique and delightful piece of decorative craft.  Well done having to courage and determination to give it a go!  

If you have questions feel free to use my email koogeebrown@gmail.com or use the comment box.  Also I’d love to see photos of your efforts.

Enjoy yourself   smily

Regards

Koogee Brown


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Diy Home Decor Ideas

Hi, I’m Koogee Brown from koogeebrown.com.  I make original decorative art and jewellery from 3D printed models decorated with mixed media and craft materials.  I’d like to show you some great diy home decor ideas.  You can create an interesting and beautiful piece of art like this keyholder.

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Dianthe Keyholder. 3D printed with diy aged copper patina by Koogee Brown.

It’s made by adding a diy copper patina to a 3D printed sculpture.  Check out my “how to” tutorial Decorative Crafts – New ideas.

This is an exciting new area of arts and crafts which is developing rapidly.

There are thousands of art objects available for anyone to buy at Shapeways.com.  Their online marketplace contains a treasure-trove of incredibly beautiful art as well as gadgets, tools and even musical instruments  (mixed up with many weird and wacky creations).  The designs are uploaded by Digital Artists, some professional but most self taught.   If you are willing to spend some time patiently browsing, you will find wonderful designs which can make great diy home decorating ideas.

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8Vase by Zbrushingmx (digital image)

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Mini Bust Sculpture by kudz2013 (Digital Image)

 

To start you off I’m going to show you how to order a 3D print from the Shapeways online 3D printing marketplace.

Browsing for diy home decor ideas

Shapeways and other 3D printing companies such as imaterialize are able produce 3D prints in an incredible variety of materials and colours, ranging from metals and plastics to full colour sandstone and ceramics.

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First page of Shapeways Marketplace Sculpture section

Each shopping page has options on the left hand side for category, price range and materials.  There is a search box at the top if you have something specific in mind.  I’ll mention more about materials later on, but here is their materials page if you want to take a quick look.  Yes 3D printing is moderately expensive, but when you consider that you’re buying a precision made piece of art with probably very few copies ever made then it’s well worth it.  This ain’t a piece of mass produced Chinese junk! :-)  

You will also see a little checkbox for “customizable” which shows only products you can add personalized text to.  The “Beta products” search option will show only items which are still under development by the designer.  Buying these helps out the designer but the customer accepts the risk that the item may not work as intended.

The Shapeways marketplace consists of many designer “shops” so when you see a design you like, head over to the designers store to view their other models.

Remember to check out the stated dimensions of the article before you make your final choice.

About Product Images

Many designers, for whatever reason,  only show the Shapeways digital (computer generated) previews of their products.  Although these are clearly marked, be aware that the actual product may look a little different.

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Ora Pendant by Bathsheba in polished steel bronze.(Photograph)

 

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Ora Pendant by Bathsheba in Polished steel bronze. (Digitally generated image)

When you’ve found something special

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Example of a Product page

Materials

Shapeways offers an amazing variety of 3D printable materials as I’ve said.  None the less there are several factors which limit your choice of materials for any given model.

Firstly there are the technical limitations of each 3D printing process.  Primarily this is the strength of the material which in turn affects the minimum possible wall thickness of the model.  So if a design features very thin walls, then the less robust materials can’t be offered for that model.

The second thing is the designers choice.  The artist has control over which of the technically suitable materials are actually offered for sale.  From the buyer’s point of view, you can push any of the little buttons below where it says “CHOOSE MATERIAL”.  All these materials are confirmed by Shapeways as Ok for that item.  That said, there remains a teensy chance that there could be a structural problem with the model until such time as someone actually has it 3D printed in that material.  This is why Shapeways puts a little “First to try” flag above any materials that have never been used for a particular design.

Colours

While each Shapeways material has it’s “Natural colour”,  some materials allow colour to be added if desired.  This is done in two ways.

The “Full Color Sandstone” 3d printing technology allows a colour image (known as a texture) to be embedded into the object as it’s printed.  The result is a coloured object that only a skilled porcelain painter could replicate by hand.

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“Full Color Sandstone” Custom Dog Figurine – Max by CuddleClones

 

The other, less sophisticated colouring technique offered by Shapeways is to simply dunk the finished 3D print in a vat of dye.  This is available for models printed using the “strong and flexible plastic” technology.  These models are put through a polishing process first.

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3D Wire Kitten (Not Exploding Kittens) by Dotsan. Dyed strong and flexible plastic.

Joining Shapeways

Now that you’re a red hot keen buyer you will want to join Shapeways to order your sculpture (or in the meantime you can add it to favorites  if you want time to think about it).  There is no obligation, it takes just a minute and you can opt out of their promotional emails if you want.

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Conclusion

I hope you’ve had fun and have ordered a unique and delightful piece of art.  Well done having to courage to give it a go!

If you enjoy diy home decor projects please check out my tutorial Decorative Crafts – New Ideas

If you have any questions feel free to use my email koogeebrown@gmail.com or use the comment box.  Also I’d love to see photos of your finished art.

Enjoy yourself  :-)

Regards

Koogee Brown

 

 


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Decorative Crafts – New Ideas

Create an awesome aged copper patina on a 3D printed Artwork

If you love decorative crafts and would like to try something new then take a look at this exciting and rapidly developing field of arts and crafts.

Hi, I’m Koogee Brown from koogeebrown.com.  I make original decorative art and jewellery from 3D printed models decorated with mixed media and craft materials.

Introduction

Straight out of the printer, 3D prints typically have a plastic type surface finish with visible layer lines.  Sometimes this suits the artwork but I love art with rustic character and an interesting patina.  In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to order a 3D printed sculpture from an online 3D printing marketplace, and then take that piece to a whole new level by adding an awesome aged copper patina.  It’s quite easy to do and it’s a lot of fun if you enjoy decorative crafts.

 

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Dianthe Keyholder by Koogee Brown

Step 1  Choose a suitable piece of 3D printed sculpture or jewellery from an online 3D printing marketplace such as Shapeways.  If you’re like me you may find this a bit daunting but it’s really very easy and fun.  See my tutorial  Diy Home Decor Ideas for details. Yes 3D printing is moderately expensive but when you consider that you’re buying a precision made piece of art and probably very few copies have ever been made then it’s well worth it.  Hey you may even end up with a valuable collector’s piece one day!

“Shapeways” is a well-known 3D printing company based in New York and the Netherlands.   Their online designer shops hold a treasure-trove of incredibly beautiful sculpture  (mixed up with many weird and wacky creations).  Many designers like to show off the unique capabilities of 3D printing by making their work very intricate.  However for the purposes of this tutorial we need a piece with easy to reach surfaces which are relatively flat so we can display our lovely patina.  If you are willing to spend some time patiently browsing, you will find perfect designs for this technique.

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Clebsch Diagonal Surface by MOLabs

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Twin Dragon Vase by wuct88

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Mini Bust Sculpture by kudz2013

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8Vase by Zbrushingmx

Step 2  Order your chosen 3D printed sculpture.    Once again you may find this a little scary if you haven’t done it before.  “What if I order the wrong material or size or the thing doesn’t print properly?”   Never fear, when you understand the basics it’s easy (see my tutorial Diy Home Decor Ideasfor all the info.)  The material used for this tutorial is called “strong and flexible plastic” but it has a “chalk like” surface finish.  If you want to get a little technical it is laser sintered nylon and it really is strong!.  For this technique I recommend “white strong and flexible” which is the unpolished version.  The polishing process can sometimes blur out fine details and anyway the patination process we’re using will have a smoothing effect.    

Step 3  You should receive your 3D print in 2 to 5 weeks depending on where you live in the world.  I live “down under” so I have to be patient but if you’re in the U.S. or Europe it should be quicker.  

Although “Shapeways” is very reliable, double check your object for faults.  Also there may be a small amount of nylon powder still on the piece so give it a quick rinse in water and dry thoroughly.

Next, you need to undercoat all surfaces with two coats of spray primer.  It’s important you do this because, amazingly laser sintered nylon is actually porous and will initially suck up any glue or paint you apply.  (Unlike the hundreds of ordinary injection moulded plastics you probably have in your house)

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The spray primer I used

 

Step 4  Now we put on our copper leaf.

This is an easy technique, see this instructional youtube video  (This is for Gold leaf but the technique is the same).

From a store that sells Art supplies get hold of some real copper leaf (not imitation),  “leafing size” (the glue), and some medium sized soft paint brushes (don’t order yet,  there are more items below).  You will also need tweezers and cotton gloves (to handle the leaf).  I borrowed (stole) one of our kitchen knives to cut the leaf and I used a folded handkerchief as a cutting board.

After letting the (size/ glue) dry for a half hour as per the instructions I basically “patted” the copper on with a small artist’s paintbrush.  The very thin sheets of copper will tear and fragment but don’t worry just keep patting it on.  Cut small pieces with a kitchen knife on a folded handkerchief.  Small leftover fragments may be picked up with the brush and applied to gaps.  Wear cotton gloves (supermarket) and use tweezers for placing smaller chunks.  I found it best not to attempt to cover every tiny hole with a second coat because it’s easy to miss small areas of glue leaving them exposed, often on top of earlier layers of copper.  This will wreck your patina by making shiny metal areas.

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The leafing process

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Leafing size (glue)

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Copper Leaf (made from real copper metal)

Step 5  Now that we’ve got our model well covered in a thin layer of pure copper it’s time to give the surface an interesting patina.   I’m going to show you how to use a method long used by jewelers to patina copper alloys.  They use a solution called “Liver of Sulphur”  which is made by dissolving a special type of sulphurous rock in hot water.  The modern easy to use equivalent is called “liver of sulphur gel” and can be bought from jewelry supply stores.

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Liver of Sulphur Gel

Wear gloves and follow the safety directions on the pack.

The instructions say 4 -8 drops of gel to 1 to 2 cups of very warm water.  However I found that this will blacken your copper in a few seconds.  Attempts to polish off excess tarnish will take off your copper leaf.  Instead make a very weak solution by using a double dilution.  In other words a dilution of a dilution. I started with 1 -2 drops of gel to 1 to 2 cups of very warm water.  I added a little of this at a time to half a plastic bucket (4 litres) of cold water until I had a final solution that tarnished copper slowly.

Also make up a solution of baking soda (2 tablespoons per 2 cups of water) in a second bucket.  This is your neutralising solution used to stop the reaction.  Have a third bucket ready with clean water.  This is to get rid of the neutralising solution.

Only do a section at a time. (If you dip the whole piece into the sulphur solution you will get an uneven result with the finer details going black and ugly).  Dab on the Sulphur solution with a tissue.   When you see colour, stop the reaction in the baking soda bucket.  Then rinse in the water.   Check this section for suitable colour.  If you want a darker result go through the cycle again until you’re satisfied, then move on to the next section.  Be conservative, because you’ll be surprised how suddenly the copper will become too dark.  When you’ve finished the whole piece give it a gentle rinse under the tap and let it dry thoroughly.

Step 6  This step adds a blue patina to the various tones produced in Step 5 using an artist’s solution called “Oxidising Patina”.  It’s optional.  Remember all the colours will be enriched anyway when you apply the final protective coat.  Don’t bother if you’re already happy with your patina.

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Copper oxidising solution. (Blue Patina)

The solution is available from Art supply stores and online.  It oxidises copper to produce the matt blue patina often seen on weathered copper and bronze.  Apply with a small artist’s brush.  I mainly kept to the models crevices but it’s an artistic decision as to how much you apply.  Dilute in water to lessen the effect.  This solution takes time to react, maybe an hour or two.

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First attempt. I felt it was overdone but maybe not……..

 

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Closeup of areas treated with Oxidising patina solution

Step 7  To finish and protect the patina I recommend two to three coats of clear gloss spray paint.  Of course you can use a matt or semi-gloss finish if you wish.  I used gloss enamel but I think acrylic (shown) should be Ok.

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Final protective coat. One of many options.

I hope you’ve had fun and have produced a unique and delightful piece of decorative craft.  Well done having to courage and determination to give it a go!  

If you have questions feel free to use my email koogeebrown@gmail.com or use the comment box.  Also I’d love to see photos of your efforts.

Enjoy yourself

Regards

Koogee Brown

 


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Future Technology

Radical new 3D printed construction technology coming soon will change the look of engineered structures.

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They may look like something from “The War of the Worlds” but these radically designed and constructed highway light towers may well represent the future of engineering.

Aston Martin V12 Vanquish by Lee Watton on grabcad.com

Future Technology “free form” 3D printers coupled with sophisticated generative design software are set to transform engineering with ultra lightweight structures, 3D printed on-site.

 

What is a “free form” 3D printer?

Conventional 3D printers chop structures into cross-sectional layers with dedicated software.  The printer then prints one layer at a time like a stack of pancakes, forming a 3D dimensional object.  The technology used to produce the layers could be one of the many developed so far, but the principal of thin, stacked layers is the same.

A Free Form 3D printer such as in Branch Technology’s system doesn’t bother with layers. It deposits material into solid wires running in any direction.  The wires form a 3D dimensional lattice or framework like the Eiffel Tower, except there is no human assembly work required.

What is generative design?

Generative design such as Autodesk’s project Dream Catcher means that a computer program generates a design by performing a mathematical process over and over again (iteration).  That process can be any geometrical function that takes a designers whim, as long as it results in an interesting object or pattern.  Generative design software is of value to architects and artists due to its ability to produce beautiful forms.

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A lamppost evolved by TopOpt3D sofware.

From and engineers point of view the most valuable type of generative design software is called topological optimisation (T.O.).  Topological optimisation software also uses mathematical processes but the formulas derive from complex engineering, physics and computer science.  The result is a structure, which evolves on the computer screen before your eyes but which none the less, obeys the rules of physics and engineering.   For example, a recognisable bridge with the familiar trusses and struts will simply evolve with this type of software.  The user inputs nothing more than the loads to be carried, the external supports available (a wall or the ground) and the areas where structure is not allowed (voids).

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Departure Hall of Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, photo: Gänshirt 2014

T.O. structures often resemble bones, why?  This is because evolution has evolved the skeleton to shape itself in response to gravity, stresses and loads.  It is exactly analogous to T.O. software’s design principles.

Why 3D print generatively designed structures?

The cost of construction weighs heavily on an engineers mind when she designs a project.  Generatively designed structures often have complex non-uniform shapes and so would be very expensive to make in a conventional factory.  3D printing technology circumvents this limitation by doing away, not only with the factory but also any need for standardised materials.

What materials are used ?

Branch Technology’s system  (see video above) uses extruded plastic filament.  Other companies such as TRUMPF from Germany use a process called “Laser Deposition Welding”.  In this process powdered metal is sprayed onto an existing surface and then instantly melted with a high powered laser.  MX3D in the Netherlands has also developed free form 3D metal printing using more conventional welding technology and plans to use their equipment to 3D print a steel bridge in Amsterdam.

Problems to be overcome.

The main obstacle to the wide adoption of Free form 3D printers in construction is the build speed of existing machines.  The additive deposition of a wire of plastic or metal takes time and must be speeded up.  That said, it’s a fair bet that future technology will greatly speed up the process resulting in an stunning revolution in engineering and construction.

Want to try this future technology for yourself? It’s easy, here’s how.

Step One: – Find free Topological Optimisation Software

After a brief Internet search I downloaded a free program called TopOpt3D written by a research group at the Technical University of Denmark.

Step Two: – Figure out how to use it

A click on the help button brings up a surprisingly brief PDF document, which includes two quick tutorials to work through. After maybe an hour I was able to begin designing my own structures. Basically the user only needs to input the loads to be carried, the external supports available (a wall or the ground) and the areas where structure is not allowed (voids). You simply have to position these zones where you want them.

Step Three: – What are you going to make?

I was after an example structure, which demonstrates how the program evolves structures that are distinctively organic and yet technically valid. After a few tries I settled on the lamppost project.

Step Four: – Set up zones of load, external support and voids.

For the lamppost, the load obviously is the light itself.  The external support is a small patch of solid ground with a concrete foundation pad.  And the void zone is all the area between the light fitting and the road because the light path to the road surface must be unobstructed.

Step Five: – Tweaking your design

Making small adjustments to the position of your zones and watching the effect on your structure is all part of the fun.  The other major variable is when to stop the evolution of your design. The program will run endlessly, but after a minute or so the structure stops evolving, presumably this is the optimum design. I chose to stop a little before the end point because I liked the shape. (Artistic license)

 

Going Further:- Import your design into a 3D Computer Graphics program

If you haven’t yet learned to drive a 3D Computer Graphics program let me tell you, it’s a lot of fun!  A little patience and you can draw and realistically render anything you can imagine.  Designing your own 3D printed objects is totally do-able.  You will need maybe a couple of months of one hour sessions daily plus plenty of perseverance, but imagine being able to make anything you want just by drawing it!  The software I use is called Blender 3D.  It’s free, open source and constantly improving.  Blender isn’t the easiest 3D graphics program to learn but it’s capabilities are vast and the effort is worth it.

Slide show detailing the refinement of the design in Blender, conversion to a wireframe model and set up for a semi-realistic render. 

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Night time view.

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Creative Wall Decor 3D printed

 

Amazing 3D printed art pieces are now available for use as creative wall decor. The creativity invested into these digital sculptures is marvellous.

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“Shapeways”, is a well-known web based 3D printing company based in New York and the Netherlands.   Their on-line designer shops exhibit a treasure-trove of incredibly intricate art (mixed up with many weird and wacky creations). If you are willing to spend some time patiently browsing, you will find designs perfect for awe-inspiring wall decor. The creativity and thought that these 3D designers have invested into their digital sculptures is marvellous.

Understanding Materials and Colors

Shapeways and other 3D printing companies such as imaterialize are able produce 3D prints in a large variety of materials and colors, ranging from metals and plastics to colored powders.  The important thing to understand is that any given design will only be suitable for 3D printing in some of these materials.  Never fear however because the software on the website cleverly eliminates material options which are incompatible with the design.  So you as a customer will only see a preview of your design in suitable materials.  You simply select the one you like and the software calculates a price.

Some materials are unsuitable for a particular design because of the properties of that material such as strength and brittleness.  Also, each type of 3D printer has limitations such as the maximum size of model it can handle.

Dianther Keyholder by Koogee brown

Creative wall decor – 3D Printed. HOW to BUY

3D printed objects may be colored in three main ways.  Firstly the raw material from which the object is made can be colored.  Secondly, an object could be dyed or painted by the printing service after printing.  Finally, some 3D printers can print colors in the object as it’s being printed, producing almost photographic quality detail.

Here is just a brief view of four artists and their works, which are available on Shapeways and elsewhere.

Janelle Wilson

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Janelle Dehanne Wilson

Janelle Wilson, an Australian with a fine jewellery and graphic design background has created unellenu designs. Equally inspired by nature and technology, the latest unellenu works find inspiration in mathematical and fractal art, occasionally incorporating other geometric and graphic elements. Since childhood Janelle has been passionate about art and design, and has enjoyed drawing and creating art objects.

Janelle’s creative wall decor “3D printed horns” doubles as a wearable art headpiece. Her spheroidal “Concentric Design sculpture/ small light cover” is used with an L.E.D candle or other small, safe light source.

 

 

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Janelle’s creative wall decor “3D printed horns” doubles as a wearable art headpiece

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“Concentric Design sculpture/ small light cover”

Joaquin Baldwin

Joaquin Baldwin is a film director and animator from Los Angeles who was born in Paraguay. Joaquin studied at the University of California and has made three award winning digitally animated films at the UCLA animation workshop.

Joaquin Baldwin

Joaquin Baldwin

He currently works at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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Phoenix Egg Lamp by Joa Baldwin

Joaquin describes his “Phoenix Egg Lamp” thus… “Glowing from the inside with the delicate complexity of a Fabergé egg, this lamp represents the fiery hatching of a phoenix egg.  The base echoes the sharp shapes of fire, as well as the mathematical perfection of a lotus flower.”

I love the beautiful complexity of this structure. I think it would even make a magnificent design for a building, with the spikey columns at the base supporting the roof of a grand foyer.

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“Mobius Maximus” by Joa Baldwin

“Three concentric mobius strips formed out of 156 individual mobius strips flow interconnected in a magnificent interplay of light and shadow.” (Joaquin Baldwin)

This large sculpture is one of the most complex and beautiful 3D printed pieces I’ve seen.  The interlocking strips and the asymmetry of the overall spiral motif must surely have made the design process incredibly time consuming.  Awesome patience is necessary to trouble-shoot a digital model of this complexity for 3D printer compatibility.

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Joaquin Baldwin’s 3D printed art

Xuberance

xuberance

Xuberance is an award winning Shanghai based 3D print design company founded in Vienna in 2008 by Steven Ma and friends. Their designs are in a class of their own when it comes to intricacy and quality and their prices reflect this. Although their motifs are ostensibly modern and abstract, the influence of traditional Chinese master carvers of jade, ivory and lacquer is still evident.

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Shentang lamp

Ginkos Cube Lamps

Ginkos Cube Lamps, 3D printed

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3D printed Wall decoe light

Simon Strauss

Simon Strauss

Simon Strauss is a 3D artist from Singapore who has studied architecture at University in Indonesia.  He has worked as a Freelance designer and Game Artist and is also involved with Unocasea company that produces striking laser etched wooden cell-phone cases.

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Modern Faux Taxidermy – Tiger Head (L)

 

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Modern Faux Taxidermy – Jaguar Head (L)

 

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Faux taxidermy series

 

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Simon Strauss small tiger group

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