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May 29, 2014 AT 12:01 am

“Readymake” Duchamp Chess Set #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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Pete Prodoehl shared an incredible project of “Readymake” art he has been participating in — an art project created with Bryan Cera and Scott Kildall to resurrect Marcel Duchamp’s Chess Set. Both a gorgeous, modern set and a complex re-examination of the “readymade” object in the context of a world with 3D printers, check out this “readymake” project and print a set for yourself!

The Duchamp Chess Set I made was part of a project that Bryan Cera and Scott Kildall hatched to recreate the lost hand-carved chess set that Marcel Duchamp created.

To be honest, it’s been a while since I’ve taken an art history class, so I did a bit of homework on Marcel Duchamp and reacquainted myself with his work. My favorite piece is Fountain, which I remember well from my art studies, and yes, you can grab the file from Thingiverse and 3D print your own version.

(Note that Rob Myers, who commissioned the 3D model of the urinal, has a few thoughts on Readymades. I mention this because Bryan and Scott have chosen the term “Readymakes”, a play on Duchamp’s Readymade idea.)

As for my contribution to the project, Bryan invited me to print my own set, and I did, but I chose to split each piece in half and reassemble them after printing. I found this to be the cleanest method of getting quality prints on my specific 3D Printer. I also gave mine a coating of metallic paint, which transformed them from simple plastic-looking piece into metallic-looking pieces, or at least, metallic-plastic-looking pieces….

Read More and follow links to several of the other gorgeous prints of this set, using a range of materials, printers, and printing services.

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