3d printing - geosphere

Bruce

Project Details

3d printing

The client had recently bought a new Da Vinci 2.0A for 3d printing and wished to test the capabilities of their new hardware. Many 3d printers (this one included) work through a process of extruding heated plastic layer by layer to form an object. Therefore 3d printing has limitations with certain shapes. As an example imagine trying to print a house with an open door but when the printer gets to the top of the door frame the extruded molten plastic falls away as there is no ground for it to resist the forces of gravity. Hence this was the case so there was a lot of cleaning up to do with this print using a small file.

limitations

This is where we came in – since the geometric shape we were supplied has many different angles and voids for the 3d printer to tackle. We call this shape a pro-boolean hollow geosphere. Therefore looking very much like a cat’s toy, the object served it’s purpose and highlighted the angle and void limits of the printer.

360° spinner

Have a play with the 360° spinner 3d model. You might have to wait a moment for the object to load. Once the model is fully loaded, click and hold the mouse button on the object, then move your mouse around and use the scroll wheel to navigate around and inside the object.

outcome

The layering texture of the printing finish was undesirable also so we chose to give the object a hand-painted finish using dry-brush technique to actually enhance the ridge texture. In closing this new finish of the object resembled that of an artifact, and looks more real and raw – something no-one expected coming from a 3D printer.

If you want to see more 3d artworks they can be found here.

  • Client

    Bruce

  • Skills

    • 3D Modeling
    • Photography
    • Photoshop

Project Details

3d printing

The client had recently bought a new Da Vinci 2.0A for 3d printing and wished to test the capabilities of their new hardware. Many 3d printers (this one included) work through a process of extruding heated plastic layer by layer to form an object. Therefore 3d printing has limitations with certain shapes. As an example imagine trying to print a house with an open door but when the printer gets to the top of the door frame the extruded molten plastic falls away as there is no ground for it to resist the forces of gravity. Hence this was the case so there was a lot of cleaning up to do with this print using a small file.
.

limitations

This is where we came in – since the geometric shape we were supplied has many different angles and voids for the 3d printer to tackle. We call this shape a pro-boolean hollow geosphere. Therefore looking very much like a cat’s toy, the object served it’s purpose and highlighted the angle and void limits of the printer.
.

360° spinner

Have a play with the 360° spinner 3d model. You might have to wait a moment for the object to load. Once the model is fully loaded, click and hold the mouse button on the object, then move your mouse around and use the scroll wheel to navigate around and inside the object.

outcome

The layering texture of the printing finish was undesirable also so we chose to give the object a hand-painted finish using dry-brush technique to actually enhance the ridge texture. In closing this new finish of the object resembled that of an artifact, and looks more real and raw – something no-one expected coming from a 3D printer.

If you want to see more 3d artworks they can be found here.

  • Client

    Bruce

  • Skills

    • 3D Modeling
    • Photography
    • Photoshop

you are the concept designer!

you are the concept designer!