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B-Boy’
SLS resin 3D print, 3D scan

‘Wham Wall’
by Zach Miller, CNC cut drywall
 


CNC & 3D Printing

    I use CNC machining and 3D printing often in my work. I prefer the exactness of a kit-style way of building. As a child I was obsessed with LEGOs, and the universal brick system is still very much a part of my thinking. I also greatly enjoy the way that technology has allowed us to manifest our ideas so quickly. I love to help others use these kinds of machines to realize their ideas, in a rapid and precise way. To step back from and look at an object in the afternoon that was concieved that morning is an incredible feeling.         Rapid prototyping in the world of Art means more ideas and more work in less time, allowing for a more complete exploration of each idea and all of its potentials. Sometimes it’s the begenning of a long process, other times it’s a spark of inspiration turned afternoon project. Some of my favorite and most enjoyable projects have involved using these machines, often with my friends, to create things that otherwise would have only existed in our minds.










Face of Jesus Toast [Counterfeit Miracle]
CNC engraved burnt toast

Rick Router’s Reading Rainbow
A fun process video I created after helping a student cut secret compartments inside of over 10 books in an afternoon



    CNC machines really shine when used for 3D milling. There’s something magical about watching a detailed surface appear from inside a block of raw material. Making full use of the Z axis, it’s possible to translate landscape textures into tactile surfaces. Being interested in land use and mapping, this has opened up a whole world of possibilities for me. 








    
Far Side of the Moon 3D milled lunar topo surface, walnut, oak, steel

One of my favorite projects involving CNC milling and topographic maps was this series of trays and wall pieces of the far side of the Moon in oak and walnut. The surface data was from NASA JPL, gathered from various lunar orbiter missions. We never get to see that side of the Moon, since the Moon is tidally locked. It feels very humbling to run your fingers over the cratered surface, each divot a reminder of violent impact. To hold in your hands something so large and ever present as the Moon, yet unobtainable in view, exemplifies why these new technologies will only serve to continue strengthening our understanding and connection to the universe. 



©2019 — Matthew Loren Seeds