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Resin printing an organic shape as rapid prototyping

3D printing is the most popular form of rapid prototyping because it allows testing of shapes or objects in the design process in a short time. I was already familiar with the technology because I own a filament 3D printer. To use the technology, one has to deal with different software in addition to the machine. First, a three-dimensional object must be created. In this case, I decided to use a sculpting programme called Nomad, which was previously unknown to me. It was very intuitive and easy to use on the iPad. I used my gathered knowledge for surfaces, angles and proportions from carving to create an organic form. I also deliberately avoided any symmetries and tried to pick up on the unpredictable shapes of lava lamps. The resulting file is based on sketches and designs for bag handles and pieces of bodybags, as well as arm and ear jewellery.

In another animation software, Blender, the shapes were pushed together at a 45° angle for a test print in order to print them as a chain. In a slicer, the final parameters for the print are set.

The resin printing process is particularly suitable for the application of an organic chain printed in one piece. Also, the smooth surface requires little finishing, which is great for accessories. The printing took about 2h40min.

The printing enabled me to judge about the now tangible form. It is easier to make decisions for or against when you hold the shape in your hands. A few 3D printed elements will accompany the collection as accessories. Primarily, the printing process served the design process and gaining experiences in sculpting and rendering.

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