3Dx2014 – Tom Burtonwood #3DThursday #3DPrinting

We invited a handful of members of the 3D printing community that we have been featuring for #3DThursday or on our weekly 3D Hangouts live show to share with us their thoughts about the past year, what they each shared, and what they are looking forward to for 2015.


Tom Burtonwood is an artist, adventurer and aardvark. He teaches 3D Printing (amongst other things) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Tom is currently working on his third 3D printed book, a collection of scans of decorative ornament by architect Louis H. Sullivan.

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3D Printed Book of Bas Relief from The Art Institute of Chicago by Tom Burtonwood.

Folium is released under the following Creative Commons License.

Folium was produced at the Art Institute of Chicago between January and August 2014 by Tom Burtonwood as part of his Artist in Residence in the Ryan Education Center. Folium is a 3D Printed Book of Bas Relief from the museums collection spanning over two thousand
years of human history. The title Folium is derived from the Latin for leaf and refers to the decorative leaves that allow each page to flex.

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  • Organic filaments, mushrooms, moss.
  • Bigger, faster, open source multi material machines.
  • Open Source SLS machines.
  • An exhibition on the space station of 3d printed art.
  • A machine for next December to print figgy pudding 😉
  • [ED. Note: thankfully, “figgy pudding” not “fight pudding” was intended here by Tom. “Fight pudding” has now been confirmed as an autocorrect casualty and not the British street slang for Grey Goo….]

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