As advanced as 3D printing is starting to become, the technology is really still in its infancy stages. Experimenting and pushing the limits of the current capabilities of it can yield some super interesting results. Designer and ArtEZ, Arnhem graduate, Anne-Claire Sopers decided to experiment and even try to “deceive” a 3D scanner & printer by draping and wrapping different type of materials around a boot tree and then scanning it in to see how it would print out.
“I started my research with photographing my own feet, varying the ISO value and shutter speed, resulting in an alienating image of reality. Then I converted this into a 3D object with a 3D scanner. The software I used has limitations and the fabrics and textures that I had wrapped around a boot tree were not always well recognised. I knowingly confused the scanner even more by wrapping the boot tree with different materials, like sponges, iron wire, balloons and simple plastic bags. With the color black, reflective fabrics, low tech materials such as tie wraps, and glass, I made it increasingly difficult for the scanner. This way, with a relatively new technique, I created a new idiom that adds contemporary possibilities to renew the form of a product. The result of this first phase was ‘Unforseen’. First of all, because I had not anticipated the glitches of the 3D scanner, but even with conscious intervention I could not predict the final result.” – Anne-Claire
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