Research: Sculpture with 3D Printing
Thursday 30th March 2017
Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes. More and more artists and specifically sculptors are making use of this technology.
I’m a kinetic sculptor specialising in mobiles. I design and make a wide variety of mobiles, from smaller fine art sculptures to large custom-made mobiles (currently I’m mostly busy with the latter). In style, my work ranges from Calder-inspired and mid-century to original and contemporary. My artwork has been featured at New York Fashion Week in Bryant Park, I’ve contributed articles about mobiles to several publications, and in 2015 I won 3rd Prize at the International Kinetic Art Competition, organised by KAO, the largest kinetic art and sculpture organisation in the world.
Louis’ approach to sculpture is to take 3D scan data of people from the real world into the digital world. With these digitised forms he employs digital tools to manipulate the scanned data. The tools include many types of algorithms and their application to sculpture. The next stage is to rapid prototype back from cyber space into the real world. Once there, he applies 3D printing experimentally to casting and materials.
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