Posted: 17 Jun 2013 11:01 AM PDT
In July of this year Digital Grotesque will launch. It's a project to produce "an elaborate, fully-enclosed room that is entirely 3D printed."
Computational architects Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer designed Digital Grotesque and exhibited a 1:3 scale prototype at the recent 2013 Swiss Art Awards in Basel. They hope to produce a full scale version next month. They say:
The room is 3D printed in sandstone at high resolution on a VoxelJet, one of the largest 3D printers available today. While the 1:3 prototype is much smaller than the full scale version, it still weighs 350kg and is 1.2 x 1.15 x 0.6 meters. The digital model is made of a rather large 80M faces.
Posted: 17 Jun 2013 10:00 AM PDT
What is 3DPrintingPriceCheck? It does exactly that. Jonas Neubert, creator of the online service, just released a significant update to the service, which now includes STL upload, instant quotes from some 3D print services, more materials and even lead time estimates.
The service makes shopping for the best deal easy. You simply drag and drop your STL model onto the web page and it looks up (or estimates) the pricing and lead time for printing said model at popular 3D print services. The services covered now include: i.materialise, Kraftwurx, Panashape, Ponoko, Sculpteo and Shapeways.
But it's much more than simply pricing. Each report includes direct links to the service's description of the material and their particular design rules. You can inspect them to ensure that your print will actually succeed on the least expensive service. It's always better when things work!
3DPrintingPriceCheck also includes filters for service and material type. Using these you can quickly identify which services have the best prices for particular materials, or which service turns around your print fastest.
Posted: 17 Jun 2013 09:00 AM PDT
This week's selection is Mask 3 by artist Stuart Wade. Wade has developed a series of 3D printed masks inspired by "native masks and patterns". The others in the series are, of course, Mask 1 and Mask 2, both similar in style but very different.
At first glance, the design of the Masks seem very traditional until you look closer. Then they seem much more futuristic. Traditional inspiration with tomorrow's style.
All three Masks are available at Shapeways in Wade's online shop, "Diligence", where he sells several unusual art objects including some killer bug models. Wade also operates a "Diligence" site offering images and prints of his many fascinating 3D renderings.
You can own your own copy of the 8.3cm tall Mask 3 in a wide variety of materials provided by Shapeways. The least pricey is Sandstone at USD$18.74, while we'd prefer the Mask in Antique Bronze Glossy at USD$175.43.
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