The process of coverting a vision into a physical object takes considerable time and effort, regardless of what methods are used. From sculptors who chip stone, to painters who paint images with brushes, artists regularly avail themselves of the advantages of technology, when they are applicable in reducing the time or the pain involved in producing a final work.
The Lumenique Art and Design studio has two separate components. The first being a design space where computers, 3D Printer, and electronics assembly areas reside. The second, a separate fabrication, machining, and finishing space, where parts and assemblies are produced. The shop facility includes lathe, mill, sheet metal cut and form, forge, paint booth, various saws and powered tools accumulated over 30 years for the purpose of making objects from a wide range of materials.
When we need components beyond our in-house capacity to produce in the desired quality, we have qualified resources that participate in the production process, including laser cutting, machining, casting, electronics components, and molding operations.
For more on what we I can do for you, visit the following blog article:
What I Can Do for You at Lumenique
Lumenique 3D Printing Experience and Equipment
3D printing is a process in which components are made from plastic or metal, based on computer generated code that is derived from the design work of an artist or draftsman using 3D CAD programs. 3D Modeling provides opportunities to visualize and fine tune desings, as well as explore alterntative presentations, before investing in producing anything. Depending on the printer and materials employed, the resulting parts are of high durability, and are readily sanded and painted to produce any desired final result.
These blog articles will provide insight into how an idea is converted to reality using 3D print processing:
Art and Design Enabled by Technology
Steps from Virtual Concept to Finished Work using 3D Printed Components
3D Print 2010 vs. 2021
For an artist, the technology opens doors to exporing and creating superior works that can be changed to suit a fresh thought, or to suit a customer seeking a special commissioned work. However, the core of 3D print technology lies in mastering the 3D Solid Modeling CAD software required to generate the design files that 3D printer processing software reads to create machine code - not unlike marble sculptors mastering the craft of chisels and reading the character of stone or painters refining their craft in the use of paint and brush.
Lumenique has employed 3D Printing technology since 2010, when it created the first task light show above. Since that time, over 1,200 print jobs have been completed, comprising thousands of parts used in artwork, specialty equipment, and prototypes for customers.
Unlike hobbiests, who utilize low cost printers, Lumenique has invested in the highest quality Commercial Grade Industrial printers from the first part made - specifically from Stratasys. My first was a Dimension bst1200es that served from 2010 to 2019. That was traded up for a new Stratasys F370 in 2019 - which can produce hard plastics as well as flexible materials. The latest printer is capable of running 24/7 to generate high quality parts continuously, with minimal attendance.
The printed parts are then treated to a series of sanding, filling, gluing, and assembly processes that create smooth surfaces of any finish imaginable, at a scale needed to realize the desired result.
Visit the Lumenique blog site for more insight and details on how I use this equipment to deliver art objects that would be otherwise impossible to realize.
3D Printing is just one of many tools - a process the frees me to pursue ideas that would otherwise be impractical or too time consuming.