3D Printed Artworks Layer Plastic Instead Of Paint [Pics]

3D Printed Artworks Layer Plastic Instead Of Paint [Pics]
Arts & Culture

Hyper-complex lanscapes mimic nano-molecular structures.

Ross Brooks
  • 11 october 2013

New York City-based artist Shane Hope uses 3D printing to create complex and colorful layered paintings that look just like nano-molecular structures. Represented by the Winkleman Gallery, Hope’s work initially looks like chaos, but is actually a huge tapestry of interwoven pieces that form a beautiful piece of art.

The paintings push the limits of what is possible with low-cost 3-D printers in new and interesting ways, creating techniques that would be more at home with paint than plastic. To create these chaotic pieces, Hope keeps four RepRap printers working around the clock, feeding them with CAD files he has mined from the Protein Data Bank. In order to perfect these files, he first runs Python programming scripts that evolve the models until interesting shapes emerge, which he then hand picks and combines using image editing software.


Hope employs plenty of other processes that make his work unique, like purposefully trying to create anomalies and experimenting with plastic build materials before stitching the printed pieces together on a canvas. While it all seems very complex, Hope believes his work is a stepping stone to a future in which we will manipulate objects at the atomic level.

In the meantime, try not to get too caught up with nano-molecular structures, and simply admire his work in the gallery below:

Shane Hope

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