As an artist who works three dimensions and often designs in CAD (Computer Aided Design), I was immediately fascinated by the opportunities afforded by 3D printing.
This new technology offers much promise for creating not only original art, such as my 5-1/2-foot-tall sculpture Epic Swoon, but also maquettes, or small models, to show patrons for commissions.
This article will tell you more about how I got involved in 3D printing and how it influences my artistic practice.
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How to Create Easily Removable Supports When 3D Printing
During the 8 years I've been playing - I mean working! - with 3D printing, there have been a lot of improvements. If you're a long time subscriber, you might remember my video about removing supports with a hot knife. Well, it's gotten a LOT easier! Check out this...
3D printing filament gets more interesting
After 8 years of using 3D printing to create my sculpture, I’ve seen a tremendous growth in the field ….
Why didn’t I think of this before?
So much of being an artist is seeing things in new ways. I've been told many times - often by academics - that the fact I didn't go to art school contributes greatly to the originality of my work. Another big part of invention and creation is simply doing the work. In...
What else can you do with 3D printing?
My interest in 3D printing grew from my art practice. I was already using CAD - the precursor to making original 3D printed creations - to design many of my metal sculptures, so transitioning into 3D printing was a natural. I was seduced by the opportunity to see...
Chasing 3D print voids
Artist Kevin Caron explains how he works on a 3D-printed sculpture behind the scenes.
‘Illuminate’ show raises the lumens
With just weeks until its Friday, August 12 opening at Art HQ in Surprise, Arizona, the art event “Illuminate” has developed an intriguing enhancement ….
Light It Up! Adding Light to 3D Printed Sculpture
One of the things I often hear about my 3D-printed sculpture at events is, “Can you put a light in it?”
The answer is “Yes” ….
Why Maquettes Are Worthwhile (Learned the Hard Way)
It wasn’t until I removed the 3D-printed sculpture from the print tray that I noticed ….
How others see 3D printing today
There's nothing like interacting with the public to get a snapshot of how 3D printing is perceived. I got a big dose of that perspective at the 2022 Sculpture Tucson Festival March 18 - 20. It was a smashing success, with nearly 50 sculptors, 900 - 1100 visitors and...
How to Remove ‘Strings’ From 3D Prints
It may be possible to entirely avoid "stringing" when 3D printing by adjusting print speed or temperature, but I always seem to have some.I've tried various ways to remove them - the laser was pretty much a spectacular fail but fun! - but the best I've found so far is...