3D Art with Foam Fabrication
Creating 3D art with foam fabrication has limitless possibilities - eye-catching 3D wall art for the office; a larger-than-life comic book character for a convention; sculptures for a museum exhibit or sculptures for a tradeshow. Foam fabrication provides the best of creativity and price point to fit every need and budget.
The benefits of using foam to create 3D art abound. The sculptures and models produced are lightweight, making portability a breeze. Because foam is very durable and resistant to moisture so 3D art can be displayed indoors or outdoors. Fiberglass, cement, metal coatings, and water-based paints can be layered over the foam to complete the finished design.
No project is too large or too small. Whether you've got a small foam themed model, one that's several feet high, or one that includes several peices like foam letters, team or company logos, foam props, or foam sculptures, the possibilities are limitless. Our professional design team prepares your model from scans, drawings, and photos using programs like Maya, Zbrush, and Photoshop. Then our production team takes it from there and creates amazing 3D art sure to please any crowd.
3D Art with 3D Printed Fabrication
Visionary pioneers are raising the bar when creating art with 3D printed fabrication. The intricate designs that are possible add depth and detail to many pieces of art. Artists are designing innovative pieces that bring science, art, technology, and emotion together. From voice sculpture prints and abstract art to miniatures of famous sculptures and colossal statues, these pieces of 3D art are thought-provoking and engaging.
Today, 3D printed art is being used for scenography, replicating ancient statues, mannequins, biodigital living sculptures, museum exhibits, props for tradeshows, and entertainment. 3D printers use a variety of materials to create 3D art. These include nylon powder, ABS plastic, polycarbonate, wood, aluminum, ceramic materials, filament, resin, and gypsum powder. 3D printers are capable of printing minute details that truly make you work a piece of art.
3D Art with Metal Fabrication
3D art comes to fruition through metal fabrication. The design possibilities are endless and fit into a variety of different categories including fantasy, wildlife, nature, industrial, and geometric shapes, and are used as decorative art in the home, office, and at trade shows. 3D metal art can be small enough to fit on your desk at work or colossal for a museum exhibit, used in landscaping, and public art. But regardless of size, intricate details can still be seen.
Beautifully sleek and aesthetically pleasing, 3D art with metal fabrication has been a way to express who we are and how we feel for millenia. Metalworking as it's commonly known, is an art, a science, an industry, a trade, and a hobby for many people. We see the product of their designs that span civilizations and cultures.
3D metal art is created by assembling, welding, bending, and cutting pieces of sheet metal, steel rods, and rebar into sculpture. Then the artist buffs, paints, and polishes the design. Artists get their inspiration from the Renaissance, Rococo, and Elizabethan eras as well as using their creativity to incoporate old tools, railroad spikes, and scrap metal into their 3D art.
3D Metal Printing, also known as Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) and Select Laser Melting (SLM) are common in manufacturing parts for the automotive, aerospace, and medical fields. Both of these processes use lasers and high temperatures to bind layers of fine metalic powders together. Even though 3D metal printers can create unique designs the cost is much more expensive than traditional metal working fabrication.
3D Art with CNC Fabrication
The advances in technology have made it possible for businesses and artists to have more freedom to create 3D art with CNC fabrication. What used to take up an entire room can now fit into a much smaller space. Fortunately, the size of the machines doesn't determine what they are capable of creating.
Computer Numerical Control or CNC fabrication is a process that uses pre-programmed computer software to control the movement of tools and machinery. Foam is ideal for creating detailed foam models, movie props, architectural models, large letters, logos, and tradeshow models. With flawless precision, CNC machines use a hot wire that moves on the horizontal and vertical axes to cut through expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam and extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam. They can also create high-quality 3D art, sculpture, and industrial components out of wood, resin, brass, aluminum, and other types of metal via an electronic contoller connected to a PC and contolled by using a variety of software programs.
Once our design team creates and proofs your project in programs such as AutoCAD, they interface it with the CNC machine through enRoute. This workhorse can produce heavy-duty 3D fabrication projects, but it's precise enough to carve minute details like architectural models and engraving 3D images on acrylic glass. Adding LED rope lights to your 3D art design highlights the intricate detail in your art.
3D Art Using Lighting Effects
3D objects fabricated from metal, resins, foam, and many other types of raw materials and then combined with various types of lighting effects can produce awe-inspiring 3D art pieces. These art pieces can be displayed in tradeshows, conventions, and indoor and outdoor exhibits. Once a piece has been transformed from these raw materials through 3D printing, CNC, or cutting, lighting can be added to create the desired ambiance.
Lighting effects used at WhiteClouds include LED string lighting, uplighting, aura lighting, interactive lighting, and lighting projection.
String Lighting: Lighting effects for our lightbulbs for the Clairity Unleashed project was created with LED string lighting. Once the metal art was shaped, we attached strings of LED lights to the metal along with a motor to bring this piece to life.
Uplighting: Focused lighting can be applied to shine on specific areas of art - sometimes as simple as installing beneath the art-piece, inside the base.
Aura Lighting: Providing background lighting on art pieces or making the lighting the central theme of an art piece, is very simple to accomplish using 3D software. Standard light bulbs combined with thin-walled 3D printing can create unique forms and beauty.
Interactive Lighting: One of our most recent projects included adding LED lighting to a campus-wide architectural model. We used Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) switches that can be controlled remotely with microcontollers and computer programs. A PWM switch allows you to control the brightness of the lighting in specific areas; which is ideal for highlighting different areas of the model for presentations.
Lighting Projection: New technologies now allow for projecting complex lighting arrangements onto any type of 3D art. This allows for creating epic visuals using projected augmented reality lighting. You can trigger lighting content, static or dynamic, from common off-the-shelf projection devices. This video shows examples of lighting projection.
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Combining 3D Art and Mathematical Equations
Combining 3D art and mathematical equations elevate creativity to a new level. Fractals are never-ending patterns found everywhere in nature. Because they are based on mathematical equations, the naturally-occuring patterns can also be created through computer algorithms. When combining fractals, along with other 3D objects and 3D printing, these colorful mathematical equations create elegant pieces of art. For example, a fractal skull represents this combination.
Each fractal skull begins as a digital, 3D model of a human skull. Then fractal art is wrapped onto the model, and 3D printed using thin layers of gypsum powder. A high-gloss protective coating is added, resulting in a striking porcelain-like model. Ideal for displaying on your desk, at the office, or as holiday and home décor on your mantle. A true piece of art, inspired by nature, each skull is sure to be the subject of conversation for years to come.
Fractals: Nature's Art - Fractals help us learn about and understand important scientific concepts, such as the way bacteria grows, patterns in freezing water (snowflakes), brain waves, and mapping mountain ranges. Fractals can be found everywhere in nature - pinecones, ferns, seashells, waterfalls, mountains, lightning, peacock feathers, human lungs, and circulatory system. They are all stunning fractals that create artwork on nature's canvas. The brilliantly-colored art for each skull is generated by sophisticated computer algorithms and printed on a ProJet 660 ColorJet 3D printer.
Skulls: Life and Mortality - Through the ages, the human skull has symbolized life, awareness, and our own mortality. Combining the mortal skull with the infinite fractal creates an interesting art piece.
Poet William Blake wrote, "To see the world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour." Thanks to Benoit Mandelbrot's influential work in fractal geometry and today's technology, you can literally hold infinity in the palm of your hand. This video shows how fractal skulls are manufactured.
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