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3D Printing at The Other Art Fair

Can CAD software be considered a canvas?  Can powdered nylon be considered paint?  Can a laser be considered a paintbrush?

We at Modla like to think so and have had the privilege to showcase some of our 3D printed artwork at The Other Art Fair in Brick Lane, London.  We had on display a 3D printed collaboration with Dan Hillier, an SLS nylon version of his Nothing Matters screen print.  We also collaborated with James Hopkins on the Audi D8 to R8 3D Print.

Our ‘Beer Today, Gone Tomorrow’ flying beer bottles were suspended from the rafters and a selection of letters from the Arkitypo project were on display.

3D printing is commonly used within the engineering and product industry for creating prototypes and moulds, however this format of creation is increasingly being used within the art and fashion world.  We wanted to see what we could achieve by taking our engineering, product and architectural backgrounds and applying our 3D CAD software and 3D printing skills to an artistic medium.

What do you think, can 3D printing be considered art?  Leave your comments and opinions below.

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Me, holding the Modla, James Hopkins collaboration Audi 3D print.

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Nothing Matters – Modla, Dan Hillier collaboration.

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I very much enjoyed talking with people about 3D printing and the possibilities of such technology.

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Demonstrating New-School Manufacture

Here are a selection of 3D prints I have worked on recently to demonstrate the processes involved in 3D printing to friends and family, both young and old.  I found an effective way to do this is to design and produce a relatively simple 3D print, such as key fobs and wall plaques, and allow people to have a play around with the software and printer.

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Birthday Knux 3D Print

The concept behind the Birthday Knux 3D Print (other than as a birthday present) was to remove any aggression from an otherwise violent and destructive tool and place more of a “party” emphasis on a possible fashion accessory.

3D printed using a Stratasys UPrint FDM printer, the Birthday Knux is printed by extruding heated material layer upon layer until the object is fully printed.

If you would like a custom Knux designed and printed please feel free to contact me via email which can be found on my contact page.

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This is a Journey Into Sound

This is a Journey into Sound
Created by: Dan Jones
Music: Antigone – Menace of the Species

This is a Journey… is a first year product design project I worked on. The brief was to create a “Rube Goldberg machine” with eight knock-on effects based around a stimulus word of our choice. I could have only one interaction with the piece, which in my case was placing the stylus on the record.

My chosen stimulus word for the project was ‘Recording’. With this word in mind, I decided to base my project around the history of sound recording and the technological advances that have enabled sound recording to progress over the years. Each knock-on chronologically represents a technological advancement in the methods of recording sound. The sequence is as follows: phonoautograph, phonograph, gramophone, electrical, magnetic, multitrack, tape, CD, digital.

I employed a multitude of manufacturing and prototyping processes in order to complete this project, including 3D printing, laser cutting, milling, cutting materials using a Zünd cutter, a band saw, various sanders and an array of different hand tools.

This video was recorded in one take, the music is played in real time and as you can see, I interact with the piece only once. I hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed making it. Thanks for watching!

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Modla featured on 3D Printing Industry Website!

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Modla featured on 3D Printing Industry!

Check out the article on Modla featured on 3D Printing Industry! Glad to be part of the team with Jon Fidler, Richard Goddard and Jena Kitley.

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Sneak Preview – Rube Goldberg Project

Here are some pictures of a “Rube Goldberg” inspired project I am working on at university.

My project is titled “The History of Sound Recording” and will have eight knock-on features that illustrate the main technological advances in sound recording over the years.  Stay tuned for the finished project.

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