As 3D printings become more and more accurate and cost affordable, you are going to see additional uses, and implementations. This is a very creative use of these new tools.
Freedom Of Creation has developed and launched the world’s first 3D font and made one further step towards its dream of totally customized industrial production available to all of us.
With the innovative Kashida-latin and Kashida-arabic 3D fonts, and the online application used to set your type, the customer can type their personal text, word or acronym on the computer and order 3D printed text directly from Freedom Of Creation.
The new 3D fonts transform the characteristics of the Arabic and Latin letter forms and invert them. The sloping Arabic letter forms become straight and strict and vice versa, generating a fusion of the two cultural backgrounds. This is enhanced by the fact that in 3D typewriting the result is non directional: neither from left, like Latin writing, neither from right, like Arab writing.
Freedom of Choice 3D fonts can be seen as a sculptural object in traditional ways. Like bent metal ribbons or a similar material, that would have taken an artisan hours or days to create and probably taken the combined skills of several craftsman to complete.
What Freedom of Choice brings to the table, is the ability to use consistent materials for fabrication, and a standardized aesthetic for everyone using the online application.
3D graffiti is nothing new. I have a couple of posts from the last year that show off some interesting examples of 3D graffiti work, and current trends leaning in that direction. What I found interesting in Graffiti Technica’s work was that fact that they openly state on their website
“Graffiti Technica is dedicated to the progression of hardcore electronic art and 3D graffiti. The graffiti designs and lettering on this site are completely digital as I want to explore new ways of creating pieces.”
There is a nod to traditional graffiti artists, and a realization that they can push the medium in a whole new direction by forgoing real world materials and working exclusively in a digital space. I know that this is the kind of thinking that gets a lot of people up in arms, and spawns all those arguments about how that isn’t real, it’s fake, it’s a bastardization of the real art form etc. That isn’t the point of this post. I frankly don’t give a rip about how something is created and displayed. If this guy wants to use software to create graffiti, that’s cool. What he is making is unique and really well executed. More importantly, he has discovered rapid prototyping, which allows him to output his 3D graffiti as a real object, and this is where it gets fun Imagine these works as real sculptures, instead of 3D renderings.
GML is a new open source piece of software that was developed by Jamie Wilkinson, Evan Roth, Theodore Watson and Chris Sugrue. The software which is available for Mac, Windows, Linux, and the iPad imports a .gml file which is created with “Graffiti Analysis”, and then converts it to 3D geometry based on the data. The file is then exported as a .stl file (a common file format compatible with most 3D software packages including Blender, Maya and 3DS Max) which can be printed using a rapid prototyping machine. The software extrudes time in the Z space and pen speed is represented by the thickness of the model at any given point.
Originally created for the Street and Studio exhibition at the Kunsthalle Wein, Evan Roth collaborated with an anonymous Viennese graffiti artist and had the sculpture printed in ABS plastic. Graffiti motion data of these tags were captured on the streets at various points around Vienna. This is a great example of how outsider art manages to take emerging technology like motion tracking, and rapid prototyping and elevate the experience.
A version of Graffiti Analysis 2.0 is available here for Linux, Windows, and OSX . It comes with data files collected from Vienna graffiti artists. The GA 3D software and source code will be available at graffitianalysis.com shortly, and of course there is already an iPhone slash iPad app called DustTag that you can download from the app store.