iMakr: 3D printing in the arts and beyond
This post originally appeared on blog.up.co
We are delighted to announce that our sponsor iMakr will be at Startup Weekend Art London, giving participants the opportunity to prototype their ideas, create artworks and print objects – all using 3D printing technology.
What is iMakr?
London-based iMakr is Europe's largest all-encompassing 3D printing company - operating the world's largest independent 3D printing stores located in London and New York. From the reselling of hand-picked 3D printers and accessories, to in-depth training and support, iMakr strives to facilitate the proliferation of this incredible technology wherever they are able. Whether it is through the participation in hackathons, incubating 3D printing projects through their VC arm, or simply educating people and providing them with the tools necessary to bring their designs to life using 3D printing, iMakr endeavours to showcase the power of this technology and bring it into the hands of the consumer wherever possible. iMakr powers a free 3D object download platform - MyMiniFactory.com. Here users are free to download thousands of objects - all of which have been tested by an internal team. These range from functioning final products, to full-fledged artworks, as well as everything in between.
How is 3D printing used in the art world?
iMakr strongly believes that 3D printing has had a considerable influence on the art world, and this influence will only continue to grow as the technology becomes increasingly accessible. They have collaborated with prolific designers and artists in order to bring some particularly grand ideas to life, Jo Ratcliffe’s 3D Printed ZoeTrope Project being one such example. Some have even started to reinterpret traditional artworks using 3D printing - as can be seen here.
MyMiniFactory have launched their own initiative whereby they are attempting to "Scan the World" - creating a massive repository of the world’s most iconic artworks and landmarks - all ready to 3D print.
More and more artists are turning to 3D printing to create unique and interesting pieces, creating items that generally cannot be produced using traditional methods of manufacture. Often it is a case of prototyping components which will be cast later on or otherwise incorporated into a final piece - meaning a far quicker overall process for an artist, however we are also seeing full, final 3D printed artworks becoming more and more commonplace. Expect this technology to continue to grow within the arts, enabling designers and creators to produce breathtaking works in progressively more innovative ways.