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Stratasys Announces First New Artwork Designed on New Printer
April 29, 2016
A few weeks ago, we reported on first-of-its-kind 3D printer from Stratasys set to change the 3D printing industry. The J750 is unique in its ability to print designs from a variety of materials without having to change in the middle of a design thanks to its six individual chambers. Now the company is proud to reveal the first pieces of artwork designed by professional artists and printed exclusively using the J750 3D printer. The first piece, entitled "Wolfkiam" , was designed by Nick Ervinck, and the second piece, "Polyomino", was designed by Jose Sanchez. The latter is the result of a two-year partnership between Sanchez and Stratasys, and the former is the first in a series of works known as "The New Ancient" which binds together ancient crafts and cultures with modern technologies. The full collection will make its debut later in 2016 and will also include works by Zaha Hadid Architects, Prof. Neri Oxman, Daniel Widrig, Dov Ganchrow, and Luc Merx.
All of these artists can leverage the exhaustive spectrum of potential colors—over 360,000—available on the Stratasys J750, and Ervinck indicated his design of Wolfkiam bore these considerations. He stated, "The vibrant colors and intricate details of the piece, such as the central lines representing the figure's veins, were integral to the sculpture, both in creating a sense of movement and fluidity and in reflecting the traditional cultural styles that inspired the work. It would have been impossible to manually transfer this texture onto the sculpture in any other way—it is only with the new Stratasys J750 3D Printer that this first-of-its kind artwork has been made possible."
As for the inspiration for Wolfkiam, Ervinck’s piece takes traditional designs from Incan and Mayan cultures with its unique design. Ervinck adds, "The nature of 3D printing has allowed me to redefine traditional design methods, facilitating the creation of complex, futuristic forms in which the empty space is equally as meaningful as the vibrant patterns and fluid shapes. With Stratasys' J750 3D Printer, I was able to design a piece that combines an organic, biomorphic shape with a very technical play of lines and colors, and bring this to life from screen to sculpture with unmatched precision and quality—all at the click of a button. Having been able to see first-hand the capabilities and implications of this technology for art and design, it is fascinating to consider the possibilities that the Stratasys J750 could open in the future."
The aforementioned Polyomino project was begun as a collaboration between Sanchez and Stratasys back in 2014, but with the development of the J750, a whole new range of items are now possible. According to the release, the project relies on the combinatorial and constructive nature of video games such as Tetris by combining a series of 3D printed pieces which can be printed and then joined together via magnets to create larger objects. Sanchez said in regards to the project, "The artwork uses color as a guideline to construction. Consisting of only two different geometries, we explored the use of color as a form of differentiating the connecting pieces. With the limitless colors available on the J750, we were able to explore the way in which different colors affect perception of the piece, mimicking areas of lightness and shade and facilitating an almost infinite number of unique mixes and blends. These options connect 3D printing with gaming strategies, allowing users to explore and interact with an artwork in an entirely new way."
Another advantage of the J750 3D printer are the ultra-smooth surfaces left at the end of a print. Layers on the printer can be as thin as 0.014mm, equal to half the width of a human skin cell. Naomi Kaempfer, Creative Director, Art Fashion Design, Stratasys, the Polyomino and Wolfkiam notes that the works made with a J750 mark a milestone for digital art and design, with the latter representing a sneak preview of the company's new cutting-edge collection: "The New Ancient is a tribute to ancient wisdoms and lost crafts. The collection focuses on revisiting timeless design concepts from different cultures and antique eras and exploring the way in which these are interpreted with our modern tools, technologies and contemporary visions. Merging these historical design elements with our new breakthrough 3D printing technology is the perfect way to celebrate this transformation of art, design and manufacture."