Over the years, the mediums available to create art have expanded. Now, with 3D printing technology, the options are seemingly limitless.
Artists are renowned for their creativity and innovation. Throughout history, we’ve seen art adapt to changes in technology. With that said, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise to most to find that they’ve embraced 3D printing technology with open arms.
With a 3D printer, an artist has the means to create anything they want — yes, anything! This technology has been introduced to almost every single branch of the art world, and the end products are astounding. Read on to see what these artists have been up to.
Perhaps the most obvious of the art forms to utilize 3D printing technology are visual arts. 3D printed art installations, sculptures, and more can be found virtually anywhere. 3D printing gives these artists more freedom to create complex structures that would otherwise be almost impossible to make, or extremely time-consuming and difficult. It also puts the power of creation into the hands of the artists, since they don’t need specialized skills to physically make the 3D printed pieces, just some CAD design know-how and a 3D printer.
These are a few of the most unique projects we found:
3D printed art isn’t just limited to museum installations — artists of different Fine Arts disciplines have found ways to embrace 3D printing in their own divisions. With the rise of 3D printing, musicians may soon see their instruments and tools built more elaborately and quickly than previously available.
Because theatre is such a broad arts discipline, it’s no wonder they can truly take advantage of what 3D printing has to offer. Since it’s now possible to 3D print buildings and houses, the theatre industry decided to use that technology to print their own “housing” in the form of set pieces and props. Difficult-to-make costume pieces can now be created in hours, no matter how elaborate the design may be. It’s evident that from set design to costuming, the world of theatre is applauding every printed piece.
Dance is perhaps the most surprising Fine Arts discipline to adopt 3D printing, since most everything about it is done with the body.* However, the tools given to dancers often do more harm than good. In particular, the shoes they must wear for hours on end each day, which can cause bleeding and bruising. One artist recognized this problem and found a way to improve the world of ballet as we know it.
* To reiterate, all projects in the theater section are also applicable to the dance section, as theater is inherently part of dance. This includes set design and costuming.
In addition to using the aforementioned 3D printed costuming and props/set pieces, cinematography utilizes 3D technology in quite a few of their branches. Because 3D printing allows for precise design and perfect end products, it’s no wonder this industry is a fan of the technology. Printing replacement parts for broken equipment is faster than ordering the correct replacements. Printing stop-motion animation is far more appealing than the traditional, painstaking methods of doing so. Here are some of the most interesting projects they’re currently working on with 3D printers:
Because there are so many branches of the Fine Arts, there are many disciplines that 3D printing technology has yet to meet. These are only a few of the branches this technology has caught up with, but you can certainly expect to see much more as this medium becomes more popular. The array of options for artists in the 3D printing world is practically limitless, and with this technology, artists can create to their heart’s content.
Feature image source: Boing Boing
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