3D Printing for Artists, Designers and Makers

Fully revised and with a new chapter and international case studies, this second edition of the best-selling book traces how artists and designers continue to adapt and incorporate 3D printing technology into their work and explains how the creative industries are directly interfacing with this new technology.

Covering a broad range of applied art practice – from fine art and furniture-design to film-making – Stephen Hoskins introduces some of his groundbreaking research from the Centre for Fine Print Research along with an updated history of 3D print technology, a new chapter on fashion and animation, and new case studies featuring artists working with metal, plastic, ceramic and other materials.

A fascinating investigation into how the applied arts continue to adapt to new technologies and a forecast of what developments we might expect in the future, this book is essential reading for students, researchers studying contemporary art and design and professionals involved in the creative industries.

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3D Printing for Artists, Designers and Makers: Technology Crossing Art and Industry

Rapidly gaining popular attention, 3D printing is viewed as the next life changing technology. This book explains how the creative industries are directly interfacing with this new technology and how it is changing the practices of many artists and designers across the globe. A selection of case studies of leading practitioners in their respective disciplines reveals this fascinating process in action.

The book also introduces the groundbreaking research by Stephen Hoskins and his 3D team at the Centre for Fine Print Research, world leaders in the development of techniques for 3D printing in ceramics, and includes a history of 3D printing, from its origins in aerospace to its current, diverse applications in bio-medics and Formula One racing, through to furniture design and jewellery.

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Sculpteo designers complete 1000km road trip on 3D printed bikes

Jan 24, 2017 | By Tess

How many people can say they’ve taken a 3D printed bicycle on a 1000 km road trip? Well, as of January 20, two Sculpteo designers can! The French 3D printing company has just announced that designers Alexandre d’Orsetti and Piotr Widelka successfully completed a 1000 km ride from Las Vegas to San Francisco on their 3D printed Sculpteo Bikes, which they helped design. The journey marks a significant achievement for the company, proving the versatility and reliability of its metal 3D printing services.

The Sculpteo Bike, which was unveiled at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, was developed, prototyped, and built over a seven-week period by a team at Sculpteo. The impressive vehicle, which even drew the attention of French presidential candidate François Fillon at CES 2017, leverages Sculpteo’s metal 3D printing, laser cutting, and polymeric 3D printing capabilities.

French presidential candidate François Fillon trying out Sculpteo’s bike

In fact, the company has stated that 70% of the bike’s parts were made using its online digital manufacturing services. Notable 3D printed parts include: pedals made from alumide using SLS 3D printing, connection parts made using CLIP and SLS technology, and brake parts 3D printed from titanium, flexible polyurethane, and elastomeric polyurethane. In the end, the 3D printed and visually sleek Sculpteo Bike cost roughly €4000 to manufacture, making it comparable in price to other bikes of its caliber made using traditional manufacturing techniques.

The cross-country bike journey, which was announced by Sculpteo CEO Clément Moreau, began at the CES venue in Las Vegas on January 8, and concluded on January 20 at Sculpteo’s office in San Francisco. In-between stops included Primm, Ludlow, Barstow, Bakersfield, Carrizo plain national monument, San Luis Obispo, San Simeon, Slates Hotspring, Monterey, and Santa Cruz. You can see details of their trip here.

The stunt does not mean that Sculpteo will begin manufacturing bikes, however. As the company states in a blog post: “Sculpteo isn’t a bike manufacturing company: we are an online digital manufacturing service, and an engineering company. We didn’t create the Sculpteo Bike Project to show that we can make bikes, but rather to show one precise, functional application of our technologies and materials, and to inspire our clients to make the most out of them. Our job is to identify and solve complex problems for our clients, with our different technologies, materials, software tools and expertise.”

Sculpteo also showcased its new Agile Metal Technology software at CES 2017, which offers designers and manufacturers advanced evaluative and reparative tools for metal 3D printing projects.

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Las Vegas to San Francisco: Sculpteo Designers Complete Successful Road Trip with 3D Printed …

sculpteo-logoI will never forget when my dad taught me how to ride my bike without training wheels for the first time. We went to a small, nearby shopping plaza and drove our big station wagon around back, to where the loading docks were, far from prying eyes; I remember feeling embarrassed and scared to fall. It was so long ago that I don’t remember how many times I tried around our block before my dad decided that a change of venue would be helpful, or if I fell back behind the shopping plaza. But what I do remember was how encouraging my dad was, and the overwhelming feeling of elation as I finally pedaled off on my own, sans training wheels, my father jogging along right beside me. I imagine that the two Sculpteo designers who completed the first functional 3D printed bike had that same feeling of elation when their hard work paid off in the form of a successful 1000 km road trip.


Photo taken at CES 2017 by Sarah Goehrke for 3DPrint.com

French 3D printing and digital manufacturing company Sculpteo introduced the bike, completed in seven weeks, at CES 2017 earlier this month. 70% of the Sculpteo Digital Bike was built with the company’s 3D metal printing platforms, and cost about $4,200 to create. Parts for the bicycle were created through CLIP technology, with Carbon‘s fast 3D printing capabilities in rigid polyurethane, flexible polyurethane, and elastomeric polyurethane, while others were created using SLS (in carbonmide, nylon, and alumide) and DMLS (titanium) 3D printing, as well as laser cutting of leather, aluminum, and stainless steel.

sculpteo-bikeAt the show, the 3D printed metal bike was showcased as a functional piece, by a woman riding it on a stationary stand. But lest you think this is all the bike is capable of, you should know that it is no prototype: Sculpteo CEO and co-founder Clément Moreau took the bike on its first test, pedaling from his hotel to the Sculpteo CES booth in the Mirage. But at the end of the conference, the Sculpteo bike’s designers, Alexandre Orsetti and Piotr Widelka took it on a much longer trip…over 700 miles, from Las Vegas to San Francisco!

sculpteobikeproject-itineraryOrsetti and Widelka left Las Vegas on January 8, and documented the full ride in real time using #SculpteoBikeProject. In the company blog, they noted that while the bike was functional, it was not yet complete, but that was the point: they wanted to put the bike, and its 3D printed parts, to the test on the open road, and planned to continue fixing and improving upon the bike while it was being used.

After first deciding which pair of 3D printed bike pedals to use, the duo hit the open road, alternating between one person on the bike and the other driving a car. After only a couple days of travel, they had to stop and work on the tires in Ludlow, switching them out for road-gripping tires that could better handle some of the poor roads they faced. This was one of the important reasons for the trip: to see if their parts could be improved and test how the bike’s materials handled harsh conditions, and how quickly Sculpteo could make new parts and send them to Orsetti and Widelka if they needed to make repairs on the way.

dorsetti-nevada-desert-on-sculpteo-bike-2Soon after, they began crossing the Mojave National Reserve.

Orsetti and Widelka said in the blog, “The bike works super well! It feels great to finally ride it. There was a lot of wind that shook the bike like crazy.”

The pair made a day-long stop in Bakersfield and dealt with another bike issue: according to the blog, the 3D printed parts were no longer keeping the frames of the tube together. They soon realized that the glue was actually the problem, as it did not resist the vibrations of the open road well. A temporary fix in the form of straps kept them going for awhile, but the glue problem soon spread to the rest of the bike.

Orsetti and Widelka found a garage in a small town outside of Bakersfield, and some kind people lent them their tools so they could glue a pin and get rid of the straps. For the next iteration of the bike, the Sculpteo team is thinking about adding small cavities to the 3D printed parts, to help better retain the glue.

sculpteo-bike-project-rough-roadOn one day, they stopped the bike at a car wash, because days of travel had left it covered in mud. When they arrived in San Luis Obispo, they noted a drastic weather change.

“In just a few miles, we went from a mountainous landscape to coastal scenes! People are wearing shorts and T-shirts, we’ve gone from cold mountains to a lukewarm surfing beach.”

The speed of the four-way road to Morro Bay meant that the pair could not ride together, but they did get to meet some sea lions at the end of the day! The intrepid travelers followed the coast south, from San Simeon to Slates Hotspring, through Monterey, and into Santa Cruz.

“It’s beautiful but quite physical because there are long and sharp hills. The bike rides perfectly, in spite of the ups and downs and the strong wind.”

dorsetti-morro-bay-on-sculpteo-bikeOn Friday, January 20, Orsetti and Widelka finally reached the Sculpteo US factory in San Francisco Bay. The laser cut and 3D printed bike was more than up to the challenge, and Sculpteo said the road trip was able to “serve as an example of our capabilities to adapt, to provide the best solutions, fast, to urgent problems, and to keep your projects going, as our designers keep going on the road.” Discuss in the 3D Printed Bike forum at 3DPB.com.

[All images via Sculpteo unless otherwise noted]