Artists have slowly been adopting 3D printing as a way to fabricate the ideas which may have otherwise been imprisoned within their minds. Through the use of CAD software, an artist can make a computer model of an idea they have, and with a few clicks of the mouse have that idea 3D printed as a work of art, right before their eyes. When most individuals thinks of 3D printing and art, they naturally imagine a finished object which has been created on a 3D printer. I, on the other hand, see art within the actual printing process itself.
If you were to search YouTube for ‘3D printing timelapse‘ you would be presented with over 315,000 videos, which would likely take you the next 10-20 years of your life to watch. Personally, I would recommend that you don’t even watch one of them, because you may get so mesmerized, and sucked in, that you’ll soon find yourself in the year 2029 with crying grandchildren all around you.
From June 25th to July 25th, 3D printer filament manufacturer, colorFabb held a contest called the ‘Time-Lapse Contest Summer 2014‘ . Basically the rules were to create a 3D printing time-lapse video. It did not matter what printer or filament was used, as long as a complete time-lapse, or time-lapses were submitted. ColorFabb explained what they were looking for in the passage below:
“You can 3D print anything you want, use any type of 3d printer and material. We’re looking for time-lapses that capture the beauty of 3D printing and do this in an exceptional and clever way.”
The awards for the winners were:
- 1st Place – colorFabb Value Pack (16 spools of filament, valued at 400 euro)
- 2nd Place – 4 spools of colorFabb 3d printing filament
- 3rd Place– 2 spools of colorFabb 3d printing filament
Today, colorFabb announced all three winning videos, which you can watch below:
‘Spiral of Life’ by Boris Tekaty
This video showed a history of evolution, via several 3D printing time-lapses of various creatures, from single celled organisms all the way up to a human woman. Done in multiple colors, with an Ultimaker 3D printer, you can see why colorFabb chose this time-lapse as their Grand Prize winner.
‘Busted – From scan to bust with ColorFabb’ by Didier Klein
This Video featured the 3D scanning of a young woman via a Sense scanner. They then did a bit of a timelapse with the 3D model on the PC screen as they showed the various sliced layers. Next they printed the scanned woman on an Ultimaker II 3D printer, using colorFabb filament. The end product turned out great, and the flies didn’t even get in the way!
‘colorFabb Football Match’ by designin 3d
This was quite the clever idea as well. Also using an Ultimaker 3D printer, this video featured a 3D printed soccer match, with colorFabb goals and all. They used the printer’s build platform as the soccer field, and printed six animal-like creatures to represent players.
Which one was your favorite? Let’s hear your thoughts in the colorFabb time-lapse forum thread on 3DPB.com.