I am working on my upcoming exhibition and if you've seen my latest blogs and tweets, you might have guessed it; I won't be showing photos this time. The initial plan for this exhibition was a photography project, but about two weeks ago I put all the work I had already done aside and decided to go for something entirely different. So, as usual right before any exhibition, I'm working day and night to get everything done.
When I discovered the potential of using a 3D printer for my art work I was hooked and when I decided to do an entirely different project using 3D prints I immediately bought an Ultimaker Original. About two weeks before my deadline- a little crazy, I admit, but a challenge is what makes life and work exciting and if I like doing something I don't mind spending day and night on it.
You can buy this 3D printer assembled, or as a kit. I went for the kit and built the printer myself (Elko helped of course). If you're patient and good at building and tinkering, I highly recommend it, because you will know the printer and it's parts inside out, which helps you in understanding how it all works exactly and how to replace or fix something if need be.
I really wouldn't go for it if you won't like working on this machine for hours and hours though. We spent roughly 14 hours on it (we made a timelapse of the process, but I haven't gotten around to editing it into a nice little video I can upload- when or if I do, I'll post the link here) so it's not like assembling something from ikea.
So far my results with the Ultimaker original have been very satisfying- the occasional hiccup aside. I wrote a bit about the difficulties of 3D printing in my previous blog and I might write a few more blogs that will focus on the technical aspects, but for now I'll stick to showing you a sneak preview of parts of the exhibition.
The standing doll is 9 cm high so these parts are very small. The drawings of the dolls were made in 123dcreature on the iPad, then prepared for printing using programs like meshlab, tinkercad and cura. I made the drawings of the objects in tinkercad.
If you're in or near Deventer in the coming weeks, be sure to check back for more details on the exhibition. More info coming soon!