3D Printing

Dazzle, 3D Printed Lamps

Technology and art continue to grow closer together as designers, artists, programmers, and engineers merge skill sets to create wonderful new things. A great example of this is the Dazzle Lamp created by Corneel Cannaerts a designer with some serious programming skills. Cannaerts wrote the program used to create the 3D models and print the lamp using a color 3D printer from Z-Corp.


Cannaerts software allows him to import image palettes from photographs and apply them to the lamps. The lamps are created using a gray resin with color applied during the printing process to the interior of the lamp. When illuminated, the color pattern glows from the inside.



Structure Sensor. A 3D scanner for your iPad.

Structure sensor has been designed from the ground up to be a fully functional 3D scanner for your tablet. Unlike other 3D scanner technology that is designed to work with gaming consoles, or desktop computer systems, Structure sensor is optimized for mobile. The device requires no external power and attaches to the lighting connector on your iPad. It has a mobile optimized range making it ideal for field use. Structure allows the end user to quickly capture objects and the surrounding environment in digital form and export the data to CAD programs for 3D printing or additional modeling and rigging.

Using structured light, the Structure Sensor generates a VGA depth stream at 30 frames per second, where each pixel represents the distance to a real-world point. Structure Sensor’s depth sensing is powered by PrimeSense technology.





Digital Grotesque. Printed Architecture from Sand.

This is probably one of the coolest things I have seen done with a 3D printer in a while. Digital Grotesque is a human scale fully immersive enclosed structure that was completely printed out of sand using a 3D printer. The structure measures 172 square feet in size, and creates a fictive narrative space that is less concerned with functionality than with the expressive formal potentials of digital technologies.

Designed by Michael Hansmeyer, and Benjamin Dillenburger every aspect of this architecture is composed by custom-designed algorithms to create a form that appears at once synthetic and organic. The design process thus strikes a delicate balance between the expected and the unexpected, between control and relinquishment.

Michael Hansmeyer
Benjamin Dillenburger

Partners and Sponsors:
• Chair for CAAD, Prof. Hovestadt, ETH Zurich
• Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich
• voxeljet AG
• FRAC Centre
• Strobel Quarzsand GmbH
• Pro Helvetia

Research for the Digital Grotesque project was carried out at the Chair for CAAD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. All components were printed by voxeljet AG. The first part of Digital Grotesque is a commission by FRAC Centre for its permanent collection.

Fabrication Team:
Maria Smigielska, Miro Eichelberger, Yuko Ishizu, Jeanne Wellinger, Tihomir Janjusevic, Nicolás Miranda Turu, Evi Xexaki, Akihiko Tanigaito

Video & Photo:
Demetris Shammas, Achilleas Xydis

Joshua Harker, Kickstarter and the Arts.

Chicago based artist Joshua Harker is a sculpture that uses 3D printing techniques to create his works. Working with Shapeways printers he literally grows his complex art from powder, after creating the original master file is a 3D program on his computer.



I know that many people are going to say this isn’t “Art” for any number of reasons. I for one think it is. The man is creating unique works that require skills and tools that are beyond what most of us can create. As a former print maker and digital designer I have no issue with Harker making editions of his work. Frankly I’m really happy to see someone making something in the art world that requires a high level of skill and process.

His latest endeavor on KickStarter is a follow up to the 1 most funded Sculpture project in Kickstarter history. Anatomica di Revolutis is a highly detailed mechanical sculpture that in the artists words;

“Anatomica di Revolutis” (loosely intended to mean “Anatomy of the Revolution”). Each component is designed to assemble together to present a larger narrative about the developing 3rd Industrial Revolution. The fully assembled sculpture features all 3 pieces & symbolizes liberty & prosperity through an empowered participatory populace.”

His goal was just $500.00. To date he has $30,789. Not bad for just 3 weeks of live funding. I think this is great. I’d love to see more artists funded by Kickstarter, no matter what their medium, or how they promote themselves.