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SME Rapid Conference Hosts 3D Printing Art Gallery
5/10/2013

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: A new twist on 3D printing
Ann R. Thryft   5/15/2013 12:45:14 PM
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My definition of art is about the same as Elizabeth's. And no, I would not say that everyone who 3D prints something is an artist, since I don't think that every object created with 3D printing is art. Utilitarian objects made with attractive industrial design doesn't make them works of art. To me, the first two images and the fourth one are not, but the third one--that titanium implant--definitely is.

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Rob Spiegel   5/14/2013 8:42:04 PM
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Good points, Elizabeth. Interestingly, both Microsoft and Apple made their mark by using technology developed by other companies. It came down to execution and marketing.

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Charles Murray   5/14/2013 7:33:41 PM
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That's an apt comparison of Apple and Microsoft, Liz. And it's one of the big reasons Apple has developed such a devoted following.  

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   5/14/2013 7:04:18 AM
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Indeed, it certainly took a lot of creativity at that time to convince people to fund your business on pure ideas alone, didn't it? ;) Which, sadly, is why the boom ultimately went bust. But I agree, in the technical world, there is technology that works, and then there is technology that really shines, and the latter usually is fueled not only by techinal knowhow, but also a bit of creative genius. Think Microsoft (technically sound, mostly, but ony average in terms of creative design) vs. Apple (technically sound and beautifully designed, user-friendly products).

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Re: 3D Printing as Art
Elizabeth M   5/14/2013 6:58:32 AM
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Well, Al, I think our readers are quite informed and might actually have some good opinions on what they think art is! ;) Given the intersection of technology and art, even the most technically minded person can still be creative. In fact, I have a friend who teaches both art and computer science at a local school, proving both sides of the brain can be engaged at the same time.

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Ralphy Boy   5/13/2013 9:04:55 PM
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Hey Cabe...

That question comes up everytime there is a new media to play with I'll bet.  

I just downloaded the 3D fractal creation program MandelBulb. It has a fairly steep learning curve so I went to a forum for some tutorials, and the same question 'is this art?' was being discussed on one of the threads.

It seems to me that in all these new computer aided media types that the output will be art, or not be art... on a piece by piece basis. Kind of like cars; some of them are beautiful to look at and that alone is reason enough to want to see them; they border on being art.

Some fractal output is totally mundane and because there is no real use for them, they are pretty much worthless. Some are amazing to look at and explore... that is their value... and so they can be considered art in my book.

It is possible to save 3D fractals as .obj files, which I assume can then be 3D printed. Some of the space/futuristic stuff may have commercial value as toys or in movies as miniatures. I guess that may be the rub... None of these pieces will necessarily stay singularly unique, though that alone should not be reason to declare something non-art.

So far (since downloading last Friday) the most uniquely cool fractal I've made with the MB software is a gold colored lace jack-o-lantern which looks vaguely like image #4 in the slide show... I may have to see about getting that one 3D printed... $$$

In short... A pencil in the correct hands can make amazing art, while in others it may only produce worthless scribbles.

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Charles Murray   5/13/2013 7:55:17 PM
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I know we've previously seen the image in the third slide, but I can't remember what it is. In answer to your question, Cabe: Yes, it does evoke an emotion in me. The emotion is fear. I don't know what that is, but it scares me.

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Rob Spiegel   5/13/2013 3:39:41 PM
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I agree, Elizabeth. Technology and art meet often. During the dot com boom, I often thought many of the businesses getting launched were works of real imagination. While many of them couldn't rationalize their business model on a monetary level, it didn't really matter. Many of these businesses were designed just to get through an IPO -- and many did.

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3D Printing as Art
apresher   5/13/2013 3:15:44 PM
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Cabe, You're an optimist to believe we can get a meaningful definition of art on the Design News website.  But there's not doubt that the link between 3D computer tools and art is a powerful combination. If a person can think of an idea and execute its creation using software tools, 3D printing definitely offers a unique ability to produce the 3D object whether it finally qualifies as art of not. But ultimately I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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Rob Spiegel   5/13/2013 12:36:01 PM
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Yep, that's a crazy debate, Cabe. Not all art is necessarily emotional. Some art delivers an intellectual charge rather than an emotional one. Some art is apparently ugly. Andy Warhol's art was borrowed from everyday life. All that said, virtually any tool can be used to create art. Why not a 3D printer?

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