Thursday, September 4, 2014

Participating in Particle Dress Crowd-Source 3D Printing Project

3D printed particles we printed and submitted for the Particle Dress.
It was exciting to find out about the Open Source Element Dress project on Twitter late last week.
This crowd sourced project created by artist Anouk Wipprecht invites a global public to participate in creating 3D elements that will become a part of a 3D printed illuminated garment for Vienna Fashion Week.

Ms. Wipprecht has posted the base particles elements that one can modify on Tinkercad.
Here are the guidelines and instructions for submission on Instructable and the project's Facebook page. You can see the growing body of particles people are creating here at this link.

I think it is wonderful that the project invites participants to look at Ernst Haeckel's work for inspiration, particularly his illustrations for Kunstformen der Natur.

Realizing how little time we had to participate, I got my daughter, sister, son and neighbor's daughter to design particles to 3D print in my garage this past weekend. Here are the designs below. We used an Afinia 3D printer and an array of ABS filament colors, including glow-in-the-dark filament.
Emily's design in the works.

Emily's design in Tinkercad

Emily with her printed particle for the dress.

Emily's second particle element with the rafts still on.

Trisha's particle printed. This was her first project in Tinkercad and her first experience 3D printing!

Particle created by Cole. He created it in Sculptris, took it into Netfabb to clean up triangle mesh, and then imported the .stl file into Tinkercad for the final piece. He made this on Sept. 7th so we were we not able to print it to submit, but hopefully, the project will be printing it.

My sister, Lisa's design in Tinkercad. She created shapes in Illustrator and brought them into Tinkercad as a .svg file.

Lisa's printed particle.
A particle I created.

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