Tom Burtonwood & Holly Holmes: Copy Shop
ECCE Lecture: November 6th, 5:30 – 6:30 pm Sangamon Auditorium Lobby
Reception: November 6th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm Visual Arts Gallery
As the sampler was to hip-hop so 3D printing is to sculpture and designed objects. Open source 3D printing has paved the way for a revolution in making things. Desktop digital fabrication is bringing the cost of failure down by speeding up the prototyping process and collapsing the distance between idea and product, problem and solution, designer and end user. The outcome of this revolution is a sea change in the relationship between the engineer and their audience. 3D printing and scanning platforms combined are almost like time machines or powerful microscopes. They reach back into the past and teleport objects of antiquity around the globe, reproducing and sharing them for everyone to touch and hold in their hands. Just as blogs disrupted publishing, and smart phones changed communications so digital fabrication will transform the world of objects and the services that surround them.