3D Printing

Humans have been creating art for thousands of years, and technology has had a huge influence over the way that we create. To create cave paintings, early humans crushed up stones and colored clay. Egyptians and Greeks created paints from bee’s wax. One of the newest ways technology has changed art is the invention of the 3d printer. A 3d printer is a way to make an object based on a 3-dimensional digital model. Instead of printing the image on a piece of paper, these printers make objects by laying down thin layers of a material. Plastic and metal are some of the most common materials used.

  • Dr. Kodama made some of the first attempts at 3d printing in the 1980s.
  • Because the 3d printer is still so new that engineers, doctors and artists continue to explore all of the machine’s possibilities.
  • 3d printers cost as little as $1,000.
  • Some artists are using 3d printers that print with clay to create new pottery.
  • 3d printers can be used to create anything from miniature sculptures to entire rooms.
  • NASA also uses 3d printers. It allows astronauts to build specific tools in space.
  • Clothing has also been made by 3d printers.
  • Sugar can also be used in a 3d printer.

In addition to making new art, 3d printers are used to protect and preserve older pieces of art. Some artifacts are incredibly delicate or in danger of being destroyed. Archeologists can work with scientists to create detailed 3d scans and then print exact replicas of the artifacts. These replicas allow researchers to preserve history and perform tests that could have damaged or destroyed the originals. It is not a perfect process, but this new technology could play an important role in how museums and historians preserve and explore art for future generations.

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