Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Rapid Prototyping shares a flair for the dramatic

Rapid prototyping is often used to create the framework for artists to build upon. This ensures an exact replica of the digital design, as well as saving the artists a great deal of time on elements which are not actually viewed.

For Patricia Piccinini of Drome, we built several elements for her artwork entitled "Strength of One Arm".

The neck, elbow and knees were created using Fused Deposition Modelling. As these parts needed to be strong and lightweight, sparse filled ABS was chosen. This also helped to reduce costs.

The head, feet and hands were built using 3D printing on ZCorp creating a plaster/epoxy prototype which provided the ideal surface for hand finishing.


The finished piece stood approximately one meter tall.

Our role in a finished art work, such as this, is quite minor, especially when you consider the artists vision and expertise. We only build the file they provide, and ultimately they still use their skill to make their vision into a reality ... but it is wonderful to be involved in the process, even if it is only in a very minor way.

To view more of Patricia's art, go to http://www.patriciapiccinini.net.