The project will introduce artists to the technology of 3D printing

University of Exeter invites artists to work in 3D

The University of Exeter’s Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM) has teamed up with the Exeter Phoenix to offer 30 artists from across the South West the opportunity to explore the possibilities of making work in the emerging technology of 3D printing.

This is part of the Exeter Phoenix digital art commission 2012.

The collaboration is offering day long workshops for artists who are interested in investigating ways that this technology could be used to develop or bring new possibilities into their practice. These will be at the University in the first instance, followed by ‘refreshers’ hosted at the Exeter Phoenix, after the artists have had a chance to decide on the theme of their piece.

The project will introduce artists to the technology, software and potential uses of additive layer manufacturing and help them develop skills in the relevant design software to create a 3D design. All participating artists will then get the chance to develop and produce a new piece of three dimensional work, assisted by University experts. Members of staff, students and the general public will be able to view the art created as a result of this collaboration at the University.

Sara Flint, commercial manager for CALM commented “We are really interested in seeing how different artists will use the technology here at CALM. We know it’s going to be exciting and challenging and are looking forward to using all our engineering expertise to work with the 30 artists to generate outstanding pieces of work.”

The initiative will bring together about 30 representatives of the creative sector industries from around the South West and one artist will be selected to develop a further commission and exhibition opportunity.

Additive layer manufacturing is a manufacturing process where a real object is created from a 3D computer-modelled design. The digital model is sent to a 3D printer that can print the design, layer by layer, in a variety of materials to form a real object.

CALM’s vision is to generate greater value to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the South West through sharing their expertise in additive manufacturing technologies. CALM is promoting this innovative and versatile new method of manufacturing parts and components across numerous sectors. The project with Exeter Phoenix is just one example of the exciting work currently taking place in collaboration with businesses across the region.

See the Exeter Phoenix website for information on the artists.

CALM is supported by EADS and is part financed by the European Union with £1.5M from the European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013, under the competitiveness operating programme.

For more information on opportunities to work with CALM, please visit the CALM website.

Date: 22 June 2012

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