Artist Uses 3D Printing to Create New Works

Two pieces, Flux and Aquiform in Rest, were produced by Objet Ltd. on an Objet Connex 3D Printer.

Daniel Hilldrup, artist in residence at the London Metropolitan University, recently unveiled new artwork in a series titled “Fragments in Time.” Two pieces, Flux and Aquiform in Rest, were produced by Objet Ltd. on an Objet Connex 3D Printer, a system designed to print multiple materials and properties in a single print run.
“Necessity being the mother of invention, I’m often influenced and motivated by technology, so I keep an ear to the ground for new technologies,” Hilldrup says. “It was the Objet Connex technology that inspired these pieces. For example, without the multi-material aspect it would not have been possible to print the Flux candelabra, and if I was to produce it via traditional methods—casting it in a block of glass—it would be a very difficult thing to achieve, and there would be a loss of control over the final piece.”
Flux depicts black candle wax melting into the liquid base of a candelabra, captured, like a fossil, at a specific moment in time. The fluid wax was printed in Objet TangoBlackPlus, rubber-like material, which gives the element the appearance of melting into liquid, but it is in fact encased in a solid base of Objet VeroClear a transparent, rigid material. The removable candle holders were printed separately in Objet VeroBlack, a rigid, opaque, black material. Hilldrup finished the pieces by hand, polishing the surfaces to achieve desired clarity. Aquiform in Rest is a free-standing sink basin possessing a sculptural form. As its name suggests, it captures the motion of agitated water within a constrained volume. Printed in Objet clear transparent material, it has been finished with a two-pack polyurethane paint.
“My interest is the creation of functional sculpture and innovative object forms where there is an emphasis on the aesthetic and narrative of a piece, but not at the expense of usability. I wish to explore the boundaries between art and design by embracing digital tools, manufacturing technologies and through associated process pipelines and craft.”

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