Prof Dickens produced a number of sample examples relating to the Additive Manufacturing process. The geometric tessellated structures, made manifest by 3D printing, have stimulated a plalorm for creative accord between John Atkin (School of the Arts) and Dr Guy Bingham (Design School).
Bingham is an expert in 3D CAD modelling utilising a variety of software systems that contrast with Atkin’s traditional approach to understanding the mass, volume and form, of the human head. Synthesising these disparate approaches to the lingua franca of explaining sculptural voids is at the heart of their research, which was explored through a variety of strategies that harnessed traditional methods of making cultures, and digital approaches to producing artworks.
The aim of this aspect of the project is to amalgamate these two approaches of realising “form mass & volume”. The head profiles on the left (above) rely on tradiIonal methods of making sculptures, via life casting and mould making. Our aim was to utilise cutting-edge scanning devices to take the place of “casting & mould making”, and to use the tessellated rhythm of AM structures to describe “form mass & volume” (traditional methods of describing sculpture) without recourse to mimicking appearance.
The first stage of this part of the project was to uIlise Abby Patterson’s (Research Assistant-John Atkin), hand held scanning techniques, and plotting this information into a CAD format that could be transferred into the Additive Manufacturing (AM) process in Mechanical Engineering. Paterson's method of “capturing” an image replaced traditional methodologies of modelling or taking a life cast from a sitters head, replacing it with innovative ways of scanning specific points of the human head, that could be later used in the 3D printing process. The scanning approach to rendering the human head rendered a shell of the surface of the subject, and enclosing a void, which was to be explored later by Atkin & Bingham when addressing ideas relating to form, mass and volume.
A CAD drawing of the informaIon supplied via the hand held scanning technique was then translated into a 3D model by Atkin and Bingham: stripping away the surface render of the image (the appearance of the subject) in order to explore novel ways the form, mass and volume of the “head” could be explored via geometric tessellated surfaces.
The collaboraIon between Atkin and Bingham has resulted in research that couples two disInct methods of making and production, which were later laser sintered in Mechanical Engineering: see pictures of process below. I