Goldsmiths Students’ Union trip to 3D printing workshop

By Limahl Macfarlane, Advice Service Co-ordinator, Goldsmiths Students’ Union

The New Wave Festival is a ten day arts programme which challenges London’s most creative minds and artists to produce and present collaborative, audience-engaging work in public spaces in just fifty days.

It seemed fitting that GSU should take a group of enthusiastic Goldsmiths students from across disciplines, to a work shop at Swiss Cottage library on 3D printing, which was part of the festivals series. It was led by a company called 3Dscanbot.com who had a variety of art installations, a resident artist painting attendees and a 3D printer with equipment scanning participants. Once scanned students’ images were uploaded to a computer screen where they got to view their 3D image. In addition, they got to see a stripped back 3D printer in action, and were able to observe the mechanics of the machine as it created a sculpture, while questioning the technician.

The future is here. And all you need is a clever printer and you can make a sculpture of yourself or anything else for that matter.

Photographs courtesy of GSU