Working with my 3D-printed sculptures requires a balance of aesthetic and technical considerations. In the big picture, that’s not all that unlike working with metal, but the way I do it is definitely different in each medium.
Take my latest 3D-printed sculpture, Daisy Mae (right).
As usual, I began playing with forms in CAD, this time in Rhino. It took a couple of tries to get it to print properly – there were some hiccups with adherence to the print tray (I really need to clean it better before trying to print!) – but it was a pretty painless 3D print, and boy, do I love this yellow translucent filament!
With the print came a couple of surprises, as is so often true. One surprise was great, one less than great – more on both of these in a moment.
So clearly, I need to make some tweaks to the design…