3D Printing

For the fun of it.

3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes.  In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced cross-section of the object.

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Pictured below:

The completion of a print run producing the parts for assembly.

Sydney Opera House inspired prints

SOH in Brief

As I don't favour trashing unsuccessful prints I recycle the failed parts into whims.

SOH Angry Birds

SOH Angry Birds (detail)

SOH Cauldron

SOH Blue Boat

SOH Scream (inspired by Edvard Munch)

rear detail ▼

RGB Illuminated Clocks

Sun Dial Clock

The illuminated cut reveals the hour and the stalk bisecting the cut indicates the minute.

This photo is displaying the time as 4:58.

Ball and Socket Bots

View the separate parts to be assembled that comprise the Ball and Socket Bots in the photo of the 3D printer at the beginning of this section.

Mother and Son


The Unknown


(what is yours is mine)

Greco-Roman Wrestling Stance

Close for Comfort

The Grey Supplicants

The Grey Supplicants (detail)

Hey! Here I Am


Succour Denied

No Retraction Prints for Effect

After designing a project in a CAD app it is then exported to another programme for 'slicing' and converted to a gcode file for the printer. Each 3D print requires a specific set of instructions to control all aspects of printing including print speed, plate and hot end temperatures, extrusion rate, retraction rate, surface configuration, percentage and pattern of infill and other calculations that create the specific profile for each print. 


In the Ball and Socket Bots below the retraction of filament from the hot end after each pass of the nozzle has been dramatically reduced in order for these prints to express a sense of being harnessed and restricted as the nozzle drags hot filament between points of contact instead of retracting it after each pass. Normally this type of instruction to the printer is avoided at all costs. 


The (handicapped) Human Race

The (handicapped) Human Race (detail)

The (handicapped) Human Race (detail)

The (handicapped) Human Race (detail)

Blood Ties

 Wire Prints

The Cura Slicer program includes an experimental category. Wire printing is an option.

Whilst the prints are fragile, they serve to create a sense of enfeeblement.