…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!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.