@Unfold’s 3D printer for clay: based on the open source RepRap project, a printer kit from Bits from Bytes was modified to extrude clay. 2012. Photographer: Kristof Vrancken
‘Echo Shift’ by Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, Cast Bronze, linking programs such as Terragen, Rhino, Illustrator, Maxwell and plotting software, and marrying these technologies with traditional processes that are 1000’s of years old. 15cm x 65cm. 2009. Photographer: Dominic Tschudin.
Top image: 'Roses' by Alison Counsell. Photo etched and pierced in stainless steel. Below: Art work for 'Cultured Rose' and ‘Bed of Roses’ Design drawn in CorelDraw to produce 2 aligned sheets of pattern for masks for photo etching and piercing. Digital image and photograph: A. Counsell.
'Cloudspeaker' by Shapes in Play (Johanna Spath & Johannes Tsopanides. ,3D printed, created using Java based programming language, designing by transfering abstract information, behaviour and movement into shapes and products 2008. Photographer: J. Tsopanides. 2008
‘Attracted to Light’ by Geoff Mann. Using a combination of cinematic stop-motion techniques, CAD modelling, 3DPrinting in nylon and traditional hand-craftsmanship the flight of a moth is captured and made tangible.
What motivates designer makers to adopt digital technologies? ‘Parasite’ magnetic brooches by Farah Bandookwala. 3D printed in polyamide (nylon) and stainless steel, dyed. 2010. Photographer: the artist.
For designer makers digital technologies are an aid that runs parallel with more traditional methods of working, to be used in the same way we pick up other tools and processes in our ‘toolkit’. Lily091 Brooch by Jae-won Yoon combining/ contrasting 3Dprinted structure (designed using CAD) cast in silver, with hand-wrought Mokumegane elements. 2009. Photographer: John McGregor
The two sides, virtual creativity and designing on the one hand, and the industrial technologies on the other, have become more bound to each other, although not exclusively so, by offering almost ‘unbelievable’ possibilities that cannot be achieved in any other way: firstly to digitally generate forms and then to make them tangible. Brooches by Ann Marie Shillito. Designed using CAD. Laser curt and anodised Niobium and Titanium. 1992.
'Arcade 1' by Beate Gegenwart. Vitreous enamel on waterjet cut stainless steel. Photoshop used for masking possibilities, Illustrator for the beauty of line drawing and for the vector paths, 60 cm x 60 cm. 2011. Photographer: Aled Hughes
'Vortex' by Michael Eden. 3D printed.2011. He's pretty good on the software side. Be inspired, don't be intimidated. Everyone has to start somewhere and I want my book to be empowering.