Professor Davide Prete of George Washington University Corcoran School of Arts and Design is an architect, sculptor and 3D printing enthusiast. In the lectures he gives to his students, Prete brings a lot of vision of art. George Washington University Corcoran School of Arts and Design was founded in 1890 and today sits at the forefront of technological integration into classrooms. In Prete’s class, “Sculpture and New Technologies,” students are given the opportunity to learn about, practice and experiment with cutting-edge technologies such as 3D scanning, 3D modeling and 3D printing, as well as traditional sculpting technologies like wax modeling and metal casting.
“The students start with a scan of a human body or a sculpture from the outset,” said Prete. “They have less fear about digitally experimenting with shapes they first handled in the real world.”
The first step of the students’ digital sculptural exploration is to contribute to a cooperative sculptural panel that Prete creates with them.
“Each student creates a tile that is 3D printed and connected together,” said Prete. “Using the Sense-scans, they reinterpret their own face and connect it with social issues such as sexism, climate change, discrimination, gun control and so on.”
One of these projects in Victoria Meyers’ tile, dubber the Filagre tile, which serves as a representation of her personal brand.
Meyers said, “I started with a bust of myself created by the Sense 3D scanner. I used some sculpting software to smooth the details and remove unwanted data. When I put it into the Rhino CAD platform I also added filagre shapes created in Adobe Illustrator and saved as DWG.”
“I really love filagre with a floral feel,” Continued Meyers. “I use it in my personal logo and it is tattooed on my right shoulder. This tile is a representation of that.”
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Another project is “The Incredible David,” created by Dave Schlip who used the Geomagic Sense to scan his own face and combined that scan data with a muscular male figure in 3D.
“The body proportions are overly exaggerated like a comic book or cartoon superhero/villain would have but has my face.” Said Schilp.
Once their 3D modeling is complete, Prete’s students are able to create physical models using ColorJet 3D Printing Technology from 3D Systems. So far, hundreds of tiles have been produced, and Professor Prete couldn’t be happier with the results:
“The best 3D printer for this kind of work is the Projet Color jet printers,” said Prete. “With powder printing, students can easily adjust the final 3D printed part and infiltrate it to make it stronger.”