3D printing

3D-printing is a form of additive manufacturing where a 3-dimensional object is created by laying down multiple layers of a material. The printer works taking a 3d file from a computer, it transforms the file in more sections; every small section is printed one above the other, obtaining the object.

3D-printing touches a diverse set of industries, professions and activities and it involves even  the plastics world: most desktop 3D printers call for some type of plastic 3D print material, specifically ABS filament or PLA filament.  ABS is the most ‘established’ filament, having been refined in other industries for decades. Being less sensitive to heat, ABS requires higher extrusion temperatures and a heated bed. This makes it ideal for jobs where temperature needs to be finely tuned. PLA has taken significant ‘material-share’ in recent years; its extrusion-temperature is much lower than ABS, and most often doesn’t require a heated bed.

3D-printing is bursting with innovation,  it has revolutionized the speed, cost and accessibility of prototyping. No longer additive manufacturing is restricted to fortunate  few companies. Now, small firms and institutions, individual engineers and inventors, and even do-it-yourself tinkerers, can bring their concepts or ideas into reality. You can easier realize a prototype or every day objects like sculpture, jewelry, furniture, machine parts, medical casts (dental crowns), recreational goods (snowboards)….


Here you can see two examples: the first  image represents the printing and the second one represents the created object.





credit: http://3dprinterhub.com


Street Art On Cast Acrylic Block

We newly found these amazing street art works in an art gallery in Milan: The artist, SnakeReverse told us that they are made with stencils on cast acrylic blocks. The works are “stenciled” on the back of the block, so that its thickness create a third dimension effect. This unique and unusual technique looks great. We hope to discover more about this artist. In the meanwhile, enjoy…

PVC coloured sheets in MUDAM

The satellite collection

The artist Jenny Odell creates art works out of Google Earth ©. Baseball fields, swimming pools and parking areas are some of her themes. She deals with details of our every-day environment which she cuts out of a satellite view and pastes them in new masterpieces. Jenny Odell looks the world throughout the satellite and makes a connection between the virtual reality and the real life.

She names her works “The Satellite Collection”: It’s a kind of “a top down view” in which she pieces together terrestrial images like a mosaic to express feelings like vulnerability, nostalgia and smallness. In this way, a modern web technology gets a new  aesthetic and becomes art.

Plasticando, la plastica giocando


Navigando sul web abbiamo scoperto questo negozio online molto interessante: www.plasticando.biz. Plasticando si occupa della vendita online dei prodotti in acrilico e policarbonato, dei complementi di lavorazione e degli accessori acrilici e offre un impeccabile assortimento di lastre in PMMA, come le estruse trasparenti e a specchio o le colate colorate e bisatinate, di tubi in PMMA, come i colati cast continued o gli estrusi satinati e opal, di accessori come i pomelli, le sfere e le cupole in PMMA.

The light-cement

The light-cement is a compact cut stone of cement which is produced in blocks. The material is called Litracon (Light Transmitting Concrete). The aesthetics is really unique because of the light-transmissive surface it has. It is possible to see colored scale, colored light and forms too. Since September 2006 is realized a series production with a particular stuff for a new manufacturing process.

The first experiment that would combine cement and transparency was started by Mrs. Sabine Theiskrömer at the university in Germany at the beginning of the nineties.

Facades, stairs, ground floors and casings inspire creative people’s imagination. The purpose is to produce bigger sizes in the future given that light-cement represents the solution for designer, planner and architects in cooperation with substructure executive producers. The light-cement is one of the last discoveries of our time.