Printers can be built at home from a kit for about $750, or purchased ready to use for about $2000.
Almost all of the software needed to create and print digital 3D models is available as open-source freely downloadable files.
The 3D printer in action
Why print nude sculptures?
- Classical sculpture has used the nude human form as subject matter for thousands of years. Humans innately find beauty in representations of the human form.
- The smooth, subtle, sensuous curves of a naked body present a real challenge for machines that are typically used for making mechanical objects based on digital models.
- Many great statues can be captured for printing using an ordinary digital camera and a free online service such as Autodesk 123D Catch.
- 3D modelling software already offers the capability to create digital compositions that can be exported in a printable format, but these files are not generally printable without extra work.
- Adding clothing on top of the models, significantly complicates this process. Making printable nude sculptures is both pleasing and much simpler.
There are many challenges to be overcome and I aim to make this site a place for sharing ideas to improve printing quality as well as a way of sharing some successes and failures.
Here is a new sculpture called "Sun worship" that was processed in Blender to make it ready for printing.
Sun Worship - face detail
Sun Worship - hand detail
Sun Worship - feet detail
Sun Worship - with ear-buds for scale