I have been working for the last month on a Digital Arts Commission from the Exeter Phoenix. Exeter Phoenix has teamed up with the University of Exeter’s Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM) . I am one of a very lucky group of artists who have the opportunity to explore the extraordinary possibilities of making work in the emerging technologies of 3D printing , supported by an expert team of engineers, mathematicians and designers.
Also known as rapid prototyping, desktop fabrication or additive manufacturing, this is a manufacturing process whereby a real object is created from a 3D computer-modelled design. The digital model is sent to a 3D printer that can print the design, layer by layer, in a variety of materials to form a real object. The 3D printers at Exeter University are state of the art, mind boggling! It is possible to print not only in nylon, but in metals such as gold and silver and even chocolate!
All participating artists will develop and produce a new piece of three dimensional work at CALM. All works will then go on display at the Exeter Phoenix in the autumn.