Experimenting with non-traditional applications of 3D-printing technology within traditional printmaking processes. This “how to” relies on a simple OpenSCAD script I wrote to generate embossing, intaglio and stencil plates. This technique was used in a class in Spring 2013 to teach undergrad art majors about 3D printing.
Continuing my experiments with 3D-printed molds and traditional casting media, I tried using both resin and silicone to make casts from molds I made earlier in the semester. Using a variety of mold releases, I was able to pull several great casts from a couple different molds, including an amazing cast of Admiral Ackbar’s head!
Last month, I prepared a batch of small 3D-printed objects for the “lost ABS” process, some to be cast in aluminum and the rest in bronze. One of the pieces, a 3D-printed two-part mold, was placed in the kiln on Tuesday and cast with aluminum on Thursday. The other three pieces were all supershapes I […]
While experimenting with other traditional casting media and some 3D-printed molds, I began to wonder if it would be possible to use hot Victory wax (common in use at my university’s sculpture studio). Turns out, not only is it possible, but it works great! Hot as the wax may be, it turns out to not be hot enough to melt the plastic molds.
While experimenting with 3D-printing in mold-making and casting, I came up with a simple OpenSCAD script to generate keyed two-part molds from arbitrary STL models. These molds can be printed on 3D printer, then filled with all sorts of casting media from wax to resin.
Integrating 3D-printed ABS models from my university’s new Makerbot Replicator into traditional sculpture processes (specifically, the “lost wax” casting process). I learned that ABS plastic should melt and burn out in a kiln just as easily as wax, so I invested and burned out a small mold and cast it in aluminum with great success!
Working with my university’s sculpture program, I learned as much as I could about traditional mold-making techniques and processes in Fall 2012. I decided to try to integrate the university’s new Makerbot Replicator into these processes, beginning with creating open-face molds. Includes casting attempts using Oogoo and chocolate.
Recently I was given the opportunity to participate in an evening-long “science event” for a group of about 100 Girl Scouts from the south-central Nebraska area to get them excited about STEM fields. Not being a pure “STEM” adherent myself, I chose to expand the topic of my presentation to talk about STEAM, emphasizing creativity […]
To help students at my university get started with 3D printing using our new Makerbot Replicator, I put together a small booklet containing all of the basic info they need to know to get up and running. The booklet includes a basic introduction to all of the fundamental aspects of 3D printing, and can be used as a handout for nearly any 3D printing event.
This week I began collaborating with glassblowing artist and student Kenny Galusha to explore dynamic lighting in hand-blown glass. At first, Kenny had a nice, uniform frosted glass “coral bowl” piece that we both thought would be worth adding some lighting too. Pretty soon we were sticking my LED circuit under and into whatever random […]