…There is a lengthy and highly specialized process involved, where accurate planning can improve and simplify each successive step. Digital sculptor Dennis Harroun ran through and illustrated each one of these steps for his latest work Off the Wall, “tactualized” by Offload Studios, a professional 3D printing service based in Vancouver (CA) for the entertainment industry.
Harroun’s work is off-the-wall in more ways than one: it is a combination of crazy off the wall looking creatures that use 3D printing to effectively come off a two dimensional base wooden board. The creative process begins – as is most often the case – with a 2D sketch (so, if you can’t draw, don’t think 3D printing can magically make you an artist). In Harroun’s case the original sketch was made with pencils and markers but it already had features that made it a perfect fit for ‘3dimensionalizing.’
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! We also offer the LulzBot TAZ – Open source 3D Printer and the Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer in our store. 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!