Future of Art in 3D Printing!
3D Printing is emerging as the latest game changer. And this revolution will not just be limited to the world of manufacturing – be it toys, shoes, guns or jewelry. It definitely is not just about making replacement parts with ease or designing innovative objects, but this radical technology has the potential to take the art world by storm as well. Indeed, clay modeling, ceramic casting, sculpting and other artistic techniques can well become a thing of the past once the 3D printing phenomenon starts spreading its wings into the world of the common man.
3D printing sounds very futuristic and sensational, and most of us are really not aware of what it actually means. If you too are wondering about what this ingenious, new sensation entails, just read on.
3D printing is actually a type of additive manufacturing technology that will enable you to build a 3 dimensional object right from scratch by just adding layer upon layer in continuous succession. A digital file of the envisaged object has to be fed into the 3D printer and the machine will then ‘print’ the object by laying down successive layers of the required material one upon the other until the object is completed. A 3D printer can ‘print’ in plastic, different metals, fibers or almost any other material as specified.
So, how will this additive manufacturing technology employed by 3D printers actually transform the world of artistic endeavors like life casting or sculpting?
Well, why would you need to make a mold when you can easily get a 3D print of the object and make a cast directly from the physical mirror model that has been printed by the 3D printer? This can very well spell goodbye to clay modeling and other art techniques. Many artists around the world have already started employing 3D printing techniques to make their job easier and quicker.
Especially when it comes to orthotics and prosthetics, common life casting techniques are combined with the emerging 3D printing technology to make anatomically accurate and identical replicas of limbs or other body parts. This is possible in 2 ways – you either create an accurate digital model image of the limb with a computer aided design program or first make a regular cast of the corresponding body part and scan it with a 3D scanner to obtain a digital image.
This data file is then fed into the 3D printer which will then slice the design into several horizontal layers. Then these layers are slowly printed one on top of the other till the final object is complete. The physical mirror model is accurate in shape and dimension and will then form the base for the final prosthesis.
So, it is obvious that once the prices of 3D printers start coming down and become more commonly used, they are bound to enjoy burgeoning patronage in the world of clay modeling, sculpting and life casting!