From time to time, I stumble on 3D printed pieces that are unique enough to evade the Grossman-esque/nervous-system-esque and yet also so distinctively a match for the medium that I have nothing else to do than stare at them, open mouthed, and say “Wow.”
German studio Deskriptiv, composed of Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb, view their artistic practice as a combination of design and computer science. Though the technology is in its early stages, Deskriptiv have taken to 3D printing as their preferred medium, working with a variety of computer programs and printers to render several series of sculptures that range in complexity.
Their “Verbowen” series (which translates to “Interwoven”) mimics sea sponges with its porous, organic-looking forms. The fluorescent shades of purple and lime green give the sculpture series an otherworldly look. The “Hüllen” series (“Wrap,” in English), has an arctic feel: A semi-translucent, white plastic fuses with a shiny metal in fragile, icicle-like shapes that look as if they’re melting. As 3D printing technology continues to evolve, it will be interesting to watch how Deskriptiv’s work develops along with it.
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!