Friday, January 7, 2011
The last two posts described the process I used to create models through 3 D scanning and 3 D printing. Molds were made from these models and porcelain slip cast for the objects. The porcelain pieces were made in Hungary this past summer with Herend porcelain. I shipped the work home where I applied and fired luster and decals. I wanted them to be both contained in a box and also displayed with the box and corresponding collage. The collage is actually a collaboration with my father, long deceased but with the use of a flat bed scanner, I took some of his drawings scanned and printed them on archival paper. I layered other images, leaves and hearts, both ambiguous and similar forms, to complete the collages. The boxes are made of museum board, cut and scored on a laser cutter.
Once the objects are scanned and finalized, the file is downloaded to the computer attached to the Object 3D printer. This printer is of high quality, printing an object using a resin with forty jets. The support material has no binder and is basically power washed off to leave the hardened model. I have been using these models to make molds for slip casting. The next blog will show you some of the work I made using this process.
I have been working in the University of Florida Art and Architecture Fabrication Lab, with Dan Tankersley, MFA DIgital Media. We have been scanning natural objects then manipulating and finalizing the file. The scanner relies on reflective dots to find the object it needs to scan. SOme objects scan easier than others. The scanner is not thrilled with rough textures and undercuts. These photos are of the scanning process. The next blog post will cover the printing.