While developed as an aid for industrial designers, 3D printing has moved into many other spaces, including art. Singularity Hub recently reported on the work of MIT professor Neri Oxman, who used 3D printing to create intricately shaped sculptures.
According to the source, Oxman holds a number of accolades in the field of design. She is an architect by training and secured a place on Fast Company's list of the most creative people and ICON's register of influential architects. Her 3D printed creations feature shapes that would be impossible to create through traditional fabrication methods.
Singularity Hub stated that Oxman's unique shapes come from computer algorithms meant to simulate and model natural processes. She developed the models in collaboration with fellow MIT professor Craig Carter. The resulting sculptures have received international interest in the sculpture field.
More artists are embracing 3D printing as a tool, each developing a different usage for the technology. NY1 recently reported from the Material ConneXion show in New York City, which contained a 3D printed art show. The source remarked on a detailed sculpture of an artist's late father based on a photograph. The piece, while different from Oxman's abstract natural shapes in nearly all ways, was similarly made possible by 3D printing.'