Art and 3D Printing go together hand in hand. The technology allows artists to express themselves in ways unimaginable only a few short years ago. As one artist I spoke to a few weeks ago in in Paris explained as she pointed towards her brain, “3D Printing has allowed me to take what’s in here, and turn it into an actual physical object.”
This is why one Los Angeles firm called Mold3D has created an entire site dedicated to these artists who share an interest in 3D printing. The young company, founded by Robert Vignone and Edward Quintero in 2013, has quickly become a top resource for anything related to 3D printed art and design. If you take a minute to browse their site, they really have some incredible and very artistic designs available for download for just a small fee.
But what if you are an artist with little to no experience when it comes to 3D printing or even modelling? Mold3D now has a solution for that as well. This past week, the company officially launched Mold3D Academy, a new education initiative which they hope will open up 3D printing to artists everywhere.
The company, which has already produced several interactive 3D printing educational workshops and seminars, will continue in this direction, but also are adding a series of online courses related to the technology within the art space. Their aim is providing designers and artists with a high quality education where they are able to learn digital fabrication techniques from some of the industry’s most knowledgeable instructors. The courses will concentrate on teaching the production aspects of creating a project via digital manufacturing tools, such as 3D scanners and 3D modeling software, as well as basic 3D design foundations.
“What sets Mold 3D’s training apart from others was their focus on 3D printing as a tool for artists,” stated one satisfied 3D modeler and entrepreneur, Aiman Akhtar. “Robert took us on his own personal journey of 3D printing discovery and used his successes and failures to demonstrate the potential of this medium. Their classes directly gave me the confidence to purchase a Form 1+ and pursue my own 3D printing business.”
To start, Mold3D Academy will be offering a pilot course called “3D Printing for ZBrush Artists,” which students can register for online at their website. The course costs $350, and is 4 weeks long, spanning from June 28th – July 28th. Classes will take place on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm PST, and some ZBrush experience is recommended. The course will be instructed by Mold3D’s co-founder Robert Vignone. Additional details on this pilot course can be found here.
The future of art and design will rely heavily on 3D design and printing. Why not get started immediately on your education, opening up numerous potential career paths, or simply providing another valuable skill for your toolbox. Let us know if you take part in any of Mold3D Academy’s online courses. Discuss in the Mold3D Academy forum thread on 3DPB.com
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