Joshua Harker – “Mazzo di Fiori”

 

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Now this is exciting, ‘Joshua Harker raising funds to complete the Research and Development of a revolutionary new 3dprinting technology’. This leaves my taste buds salivating. For the past few years consumer 3dprinting has been pretty much the same, a spool of PLA/ABS, an extruder and a build plate. Yes there may be differences in one companies claim to offer a higher print resolution or another companies statements of  faster printing speeds, but really most of them produce the same outcome baring a few microns. I often think to myself what is next with the consumer 3dprinting market? We are still waiting for the killer revolution to shake the market up.  The technology still has its draw backs before it can really be accessible to everyone. However, Joshua Harker’s new kickstarter campaign sounds just what we need to breath new life into the crowded printer market up. ‘A 3Dprinter being developed by one of the worlds top 3dprint artists? Now that is a campaign I would back.’

I had the privilege to meet Joshua at the 3dprintshow in London 2013.IMG_4460 I had followed him from his first kickstarter campaign (Crania Anatomica Filigre) as his artwork is truly stunning and ground breaking. He gave a lecture at the show detailing how he progressed into 3dprinting at the very start of the technology, and from what he explains we have a lot to thank this guy for. Joshua’s artwork is progressive and pushes the boundaries of what is possible in the art world,in the ‘earlier days’ he pushed what was physically possible with 3dprinting technology and demanded more than what the technology could offer. It sounded like the 3dprinting was playing catch up to his creativity and imagination. Luckily 3dprinting has caught up and he is making the printers work hard for him with ground breaking art work. The campaign offers 3dprinted elegantly designed flowers and are stunning in aesthetics (you won’t get these down the local florists). Joshua explains on his kickstarter page, Flowers are a universal gift of “thank you” & given that I’m asking for your help, I want to thank you in a meaningful way.  I have created a series of 3d printed filigree flowers called “Mazzo di Fiori”.  There are 12 Flowers, a Lotus/Lilypad, & the Ripple Vase.  The composition celebrates the harmony & beauty of opposite & opposing forces.  The water surface depicts the plane of separation between liquid & gas with the reaching flower transcending & binding both worlds… an environmental yin yang.  All pieces are 3D printed in SLS polyamide (essentially a nylon powder fused together with a laser).’

My final thoughts? This one is worth a pledge!  Click the image to visit his campaign.

By Philip Cotton

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3doodler – The kids just love it… so do the teachers.

There was the hype on Kickstarter and then there was relative calm for 6 months whilst 3doodler sorted their thousands of orders ready for shipping. The 3dprinting pen that had created a storm of interest was about to be tested and let loose in a Bolton classroom. Myself and the Art Teacher both placed an order and had waited in anticipation for them to arrive. After a few delivery mishaps and customs clearances the 3doodler had landed.

When you first take it out the box it’s quite big thing. It’s more of a stylus rather then pen and was very easy to set up. It’s was almost fool proof actually, you simply plug it in, wait for the green light and load a PLA/ABS stick of into the end of the pen. Then it’s simply up to you what you create (or should that be #whatwillyoucreate ). It’s actually not the easiest thing to operate at first, you have to spend a few minutes getting used to the speed of the plastic extruding and also you need to feel out the correct amount of pressure to apply when drawing a 3d object. The videos from 3doodler make it look so easy!!! Once you have your technique then the world is your oyster……

Myself being a technology teacher one of the first things I decided to do was take the thing apart. Its pretty basic on the inside and was simple to put back together. One thing that could be an issue after a few years of using one is the build up of filament dust internally. We had only been using it for a few weeks and somehow the inside showed signs of the filament residue

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However once you get started with this pen its great fun. It is almost therapeutic, you can escape the world of reality and express your creative genius with no limits to what you can create. The only limit is your imagination. Below is the effort by Chet Mistry the Art teacher. In class the students went wild for it and I had a waiting list of pupils wanting to doodle. It is actually a good tool to ensure children work to their highest potential…. just bribe them with the phrase ‘show effort and commitment in lesson with your work and you can have ten minutes on the 3doodler pen’. It worked a treat. This is great fun and is an excellent creative tool, I just hope the material price is cheap and affordable so we don’t have to worry about the cost of running the pen.

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My final verdict is a thumbs up for the 3doodler pen. Also a big thanks to http://www.goprint3d.co.uk/ for donating a pen to the school.