I hope you enjoy this record of my experiments with using free software and a low cost, home-made 3D printer to produce nude sculptures and statuettes.
Please leave a comment if you find anything interesting and feel free to ask questions about the techniques that I use.
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If you are lucky enough to be able to attend the opening of the new iMakr 3D Printer Store in London on 30th April keep an eye out for these two pieces which are currently on loan and should be on display. Let me know what you think if you see them there.
Oh, and look out for me as well. I'm planning to be there too!
Check out this video of the iMakr shop. You can see these two sculptures in the background at 1:30. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23499822
I've been seeking inspiration for my next prints. Pinterest has some interesting collections of artistic nude photos (although it claims that it doesn't allow them) and I'm sure I will choose one of theirs soon. However, another great resource is DeviantArt, a site I have followed on and off for some years. It was there that I found a great shot by TarMoo called Art Nude Symmetry.
It's quite a striking photo which inspired me to try and reproduce the pose which I have decided to call 'Bridge'. With its minimal points of contact and absolute requirement for support material, it was clear that I would need to start with a raft and, ideally, print in ABS. Whilst photos can only be seen from the specific angle selected by the photographer, sculptures can be viewed from any angle chosen by the viewer. Unusually for me, I decided that this particular model deserved a leotard to protect her modesty. I'll see how the print turns out and decide whether to do a fully nude version later. The model in this photo has her hair in a simple bun which works well for this image. I tried making a bun but I didn't like the look of it. I also tried short and long hair styles but they didn't really work with this heads-down position. At the moment the model doesn't have hair but, again, I may decide to review this after the first test print.