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

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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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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.  

Rob Spiegel
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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.

Ann R. Thryft
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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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bobjengr   5/16/2013 5:39:05 PM
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Ann, I agree completely.  I think SME is providing a great service in recognizing that art and technology can complement each other and the medium for that expression certainly can be additive manufacturing.   Very unique use of the technology.  

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Cabe Atwell   5/17/2013 3:48:16 PM
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Rob,

Warhol had a point with the Cambell soup painting. Everything is the same, rehashed. It meant more than just what it depicted. It was not just a clever way to make something. Or a work of technique.

I suppose 3D printing is just another tool for expression. But is the art produced important or just novelty?

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Cabe Atwell
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Cabe Atwell   5/17/2013 3:53:28 PM
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Apresher,

I believe we can come to some definition of art... we're smart people...

Ralphy,

Artists, even someone like Picasso, will make limited number of prints. But that limitation is part of its uniqueness. Art as a business need that. If the Picasso piece could be printed infinitely, would it be art or just a commodity?

Even worthless scribbles can be called art. Why else do we save our children's drawings and scribbles?

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Cabe Atwell   5/17/2013 3:57:16 PM
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Elizabeth,

I would have to say, for the time being, Apple's phone case design is simply utilitarian. What else does it mean? It can be appreciated, but not contemplated at a museum. At least, not yet. Over time, perhaps there is more.

A classic car is a "work of art." But it started out just being a car.

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Ralphy Boy   5/17/2013 10:13:44 PM
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Cabe...

"I have seen worthless scribbles be called art. Why else do we save our children's drawings and scribbles?"

For a second I thought that maybe you had been to the museum here in Philly... There's this one room... Let's just say I expected to be escorted out for laughing... but perhaps that is the appropriate response.

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Ann R. Thryft   5/28/2013 11:41:38 AM
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If the "worthless scribbles" you've seen called art were made by Jackson Pollock or Picasso, then some people would disagree with you about whether they are art. I don't personally like Pollock's work, but I do like Picasso. But that's only my personal opinion.



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