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3D Printing Meets Japanese Samurai Culture: Developing the Concept of Raijin and Fujin Kabuto

3D Printing Meets Japanese Samurai Culture: Developing the Concept of Raijin and Fujin Kabuto

What happens when 3D printing and Japanese samurai culture collide? Contestants of i.materialise Japan’s latest design challenge might hold an answer. The “Kabuto Design Challenge” has just been launched by the i.materialise Japan team to rediscover kabuto, traditional Japanese samurai helmets, using 3D Printing technology. To inspire the contestants, we collaborated with mixed-media designer and one of the jurors of this challenge, Russ Ogi, to develop a unique pair of 3D printed kabuto. The motif he chose was Raijin and Fujin, the Japanese gods of thunder and wind. Let’s take a closer look at how he developed the design concept and turned his ideas into 3D models.

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3D Printing for the Royal Theatre of Madrid: Tomasz Dabert’s Modern Armor

3D Printing for the Royal Theatre of Madrid: Tomasz Dabert’s Modern Armor

To keep old stories fresh, theaters try to combine both classical and modern elements into their plays and stage sceneries. It thus only seems logical that the Royal Theatre of Madrid would search for new ways to create and enhance their costumes. But what would you create if you were asked to build a modern 3D printed armor for an opera? Especially to debut as your very first 3D print ever? (more…)

Meet Scientist and Artist Frederik De Wilde, Maker of the Blackest Black in the World

Meet Scientist and Artist Frederik De Wilde, Maker of the Blackest Black in the World

Meet Frederik de Wilde: A person who acts on the borderline between science, technology and art. A man who believes that “art is the poetics of the imagination and science is the poetics of reality”. A developer who worked with NASA to create the blackest color on earth. An artist and scientist who uses 3D printing for the good of art and science alike and one of our featured speakers at the upcoming Materialise World Conference.

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Jody Garrett Prints a Goat Skull that Screams “Fantasy”

Jody Garrett Prints a Goat Skull that Screams “Fantasy”

The world of 3D printed fantasy design is unlike any other: it not only imagines another world, it makes it real! Jody Garrett designed a goat skull that looks like it’s straight from “Pan’s Labyrinth” with an incredible level of detail by using i.materialise’s Gray Resin material and his outstanding hand-painting skills. Read on for our interview with Jody and learn how he combines tools and inspirations to create dark fantasy objects such as this “Goat Skull”.

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Ceramic “3D Crafts” by Alice Le Biez: A Delicate Fusion of 3D Printing and Traditional Craftsmanship

Ceramic “3D Crafts” by Alice Le Biez: A Delicate Fusion of 3D Printing and Traditional Craftsmanship

It will never match the warmth of a hand-made product: this is one of the myths about 3D Printing. But now with the introduction of “3D Crafts,” a set of 3D Printed ceramic bowls designed by French graduate student Alice Le Biez, that myth is about to be shattered for good. With a variety of 3D Printing materials that now go far beyond plastics, ancient craftsmanship and edgy technology can be beautifully blended to bring the emotion of a design to life. (more…)

6 Best 3D Printed Fantasy Designs

6 Best 3D Printed Fantasy Designs

The world of 3D printed fantasy design is unlike any other: it not only imagines another world, it makes it real! If you’ve ever struggled with symmetry, shaky hands, or poor eyesight, then designing and 3D printing your designs could give you abilities you never knew you had. Zooming can make up for blurry vision, symmetry options and “undo” buttons make up for unsteady hands,  and you can create or render nearly any lighting condition (including ones that cannot exist in the real world.)

Feeling inspired? There’s free software here, if you scroll down. Now go check out the 6 most beautiful 3D print designs created by some of our favorite fantasy artists, along with tips about joint design, color 3D printing, and hand-painting your design!

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3 Ways 3D Printing Empowers Artists

3 Ways 3D Printing Empowers Artists

At the core of art is creativity: The urge to express yourself and to bring something into the world that hasn’t been there before. Art inspires and puts us in awe. And it all starts with an idea.

3D printing is fueled by your ideas. And its core is freedom. 3D printing is perfect for artists because it gives them the tools and the means to share their vision with the world. At i.materialise we are energized to be part of the process of making your idea into a reality. Here’s how 3D printing is empowering artists every day through better tools, materials, efficiency and community. (more…)