Translating Art into the 3rd Dimension: 3D Printing the Unplanned & Organic

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Hinge Modern is an art gallery snuggled between quiet venues on a more relaxed section of Washington Boulevard in Culver City’s Art District in California. From now until September 7th, the gallery displays an artist’s exploration with 3D Printing technology through his fiancée’s intricate work.

organic-3d-printed-artI entered the gallery a few moments after its official opening on Saturday evening and was greeted with the sounds of people happily chattering and expressing contented sighs and murmurs over the pieces displayed. It was a comfortable atmosphere with an array of personalities represented. The walls were lined with beautiful pieces, but I headed straight for the far right corner, my eyes glued to an intricate wall sculpture flushed with a warm orange light.

The red wall feature intertwined and flared up and out, mimicking the digital and pen renditions surrounding the rest of the gallery. Below it upon a white pedestal sat a large white section of the wall sculpture and a bag of fine powder which displayed the words, “Nylon 12 PA”. “This is it!” I told my friend, “This was 3D printed!”

The artist, Daksh Sahni, had approached Stratasys Direct Manufacturing a few months back about the possible creation of a very unique sculpture. The piece he had in mind was derived from the art of his fiancée, Simone Alexandrino.

“Stratasys Direct Manufacturing provided support and service throughout the design process. From touring their Valencia facility, to education on their processes available, to ensuring my files were clean and printable, and lastly sanding and finishing. It was great to work with one facility from start to finish.”

organic-3d-printed-art-003“My work is inspired by someone closest to my heart—my fiancé, Simone,” stated Sahni. “Simone’s work is highly complex and intricate. I wanted to realize her work in a new dimension, so I developed a process which allowed minimum information to be lost in translation.”

An architect by education with years of experience in the computer gaming business, Sahni has an intimate understanding of scale, material, finish, and 3-dimensional modeling.

“3D printing offered me a solution that took advantage of my background and skills while providing extremely precise results for our complex 3D forms,” continued Sahni. “The source of the red piece is just one single line digitized from my financee’s work. Using computer modeling software I was able to translate that line into a 3D form. I added layers of transformations and symmetry to generate even more complex geometries.”

Sahni followed an iterative design process, prototyping extensively and using his findings to frequently alter the course of his design.

organic-3d-printed-art-004“With the help of Stratasys Direct Manufacturing I was able to create many small sections of the final design at different scales with different materials using the Laser Sintering (LS) technology,” explained Sahni. “Stratasys Direct Manufacturing provided support and service throughout the design process. From touring their Valencia facility, to education on their processes available, to ensuring my files were clean and printable, and lastly sanding and finishing. It was great to work with one facility from start to finish.”

The final piece took roughly 16 hours to “grow” out of the nylon powder used in the SLS process. At 14” in diameter, it’s a larger piece for 3D Printing. Stratasys Direct Manufacturing used their proprietary ColorTek™ method to give the sculpture its gorgeous red coloring and then coated the piece in high gloss paint using their automotive rated paint booths.

As I snapped photos of the displayed pieces, I listened to the visitors exclaim over the 3D printed sculptures, imagining the pieces in their own homes. Alexadrino’s work—described as “meditative, unplanned and organic…expressing the parts of the self that are invisible”—were engaging both in her own pieces and in the new dimension afforded by Sahni’s sculptures. The gallery was a marriage of the two artist’s work and passions.

About Simone Alexandrino & Daksh Sahni

organic-3d-printed-art-005Born in New Delhi, India, Sahni is an art-science hybrid with degrees in architecture and experience working in the interactive entertainment industry. Sahni brings a combination of creativity and design acumen paired with strong technological expertise to his work. He brings what some may see as impossible, or have never even considered doing, into reality. His soon to be wife, Simone Alexandrino, was born in Goiania, Brazil. Her hand-drawn lines and patterns multiply possibilities, embody feelings and connect her to the present moment, which is a source of endless inspiration for her. The two live in Los Angeles, California, and you can experience their work for yourself through September 7th at Hinge Modern. You can learn more about Daksh Sahni’s work on his website here http://www.dakshsahni.com/

About Hinge Modern

Located in the heart of the Culver City Art District, Hinge Modern is a gallery dedicated to solo exhibitions by contemporary artists, emerging and established, working in all mediums. Hinge Modern’s purpose is to offer a space that connects each artist’s full body of work to the audience that enters its space. For more information visit www.hingemodern.com.

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