3D printing gone wrong_

3D printing gone wrong. It’s perhaps the most high-profile example of unintentionally sloppy prints being elevated to a whole new creative genre; a 3D printing inspired version of glitch art.

Having seen lots of images of “stuff that had gone a bit wrong” with 3D printing, the effects team settled on a glitchy look for the 3D characters. The faces look a bit deformed, a bit twisted, a bit offset—like when you try to print something on a hobby printer and can’t for the life of you figure out which settings are making it turn into a mush of mismatched strata, random gloops, and strings of ABS.

In fact, a growing movement of hobbyists is bestowing these apparent mistakes with their own sense of beauty. Flickr group “The Art of 3D Print Failure” has been around since 2011, back when desktop printers were really riding the wave of hype.

In the group, contributors show off their failures-turned-art, which range from nearly-finished models with slight defects to total plastic spaghetti. Somewhere between those are glitched prints that carry a real aura of artistry.

If you squint, you can perhaps find a resemblance between an unintended shiny globular squiggle and a polished Jeff Koons sculpture, while an abandoned print that cuts a human figure off at the kneecaps could fit into a wide-ranging catalogue of disembodied limbs in art. And does not a Buddha figurine with an accidental hole in its head somehow command a deeper response than its perfected counterpart?

As well as the Flickr page, there’s a Pinterest board dedicated to “3D Printer Beautiful Errors,” and no shortage of enthusiasts proffering images of their not-quite-there prints on forums and subreddits. Often, they’re looking for advice on how to fix things rather than appraisal of their disfigured results—but it’s often the fact that these works are unintended that imbues them with glitch art charm.

But as 3D printing becomes more common, bringing with it all kinds of aesthetically interesting errors, there are a few established artists who, like Hewlett with his Doctor Who antagonists, are purposefully trying to cultivate a sense of glitchiness.

Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, an artist we’ve spoken to before when he used his appreciation of glitch art to hide 3D-printed gun files—has made 3D printed vases and teapots with intentionally glitchy designs by corrupting the files before sending to print.

Just recently, artist Mathieu Schmitt made 3D-printed dioramas that use the odd glitch in the design file to create trippy, ever-so-slightly-mangled scenes.

Recreating a glitch effect without incorporating an unintentional or intentional-but-unpredictable corruption in software or hardware, as Hewlett and his team had to, is no doubt the most difficult way to go about achieving the look. “It’s rather complicated, is the short answer,” said Hewlett. He explained that effects artist Joe Thornley-Heard started with 3D models of the actors and used animation tool Houdini to drag different points of the model into a curve with noise algorithms.

“Basically it was just a question of experimenting with sort of glitchy, random curves, and plugging that in to various different areas of the volume and moving things around,” said Hewlett.

They didn’t actually have to 3D print anything for the Boneless; their monsters pretty much reverse the whole process of 3D printing by taking a finished physical model as a starting point and ending up with a computer-generated effect.

Next time you despair over a failing print, know that it’s a lot more difficult to actively seek out that melted-and-misshapen finish—or just call it glitch art and give it a whole new sense of worth.


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Wearable tech concept by ISL lets users trigger instructions to your phone using gestures made with your feet (for example, ordering a taxi or triggering a fake phone call to get out of a situation)

Have you ever been stuck in an awkward situation, praying your phone would ring so you could politely extract yourself? Of course you have. That’s why we made Dorothy, a physical trigger that makes any dumb shoe smart. Dorothy consists of the “Ruby” (a small connected device that slips into your shoe) and a mobile App that allows you to trigger a call to your phone from a fake contact (your “boss”) whenever you tap your heels together 3 times. Dorothy can also send text messages to your contacts with a custom message and your current location, letting them know exactly where you are. Soon, we’ll be working toward summoning an Uber.


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The “Bigger Picture” of Popular Album Covers by Aptitude _

Creative digital agency Aptitude puts a fun spin on popular album covers by revealing the hidden, ‘bigger picture’ that goes on behind-the-scenes. Done in jest, you won’t see these album covers quite the same again—the works range from exposing the hilarious to baring an underlying sinister side that you’ve never imagined before.


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Artist Uses 3D Printer To Create A Film Without Any Film_

French artist Julien Maire used a 3D printer to create 85 figurines out of a liquid resin so that light could be projected through them. The little pieces pass through a projector and an image of a man digging a hole beams onto the wall. Maire made the work during a residency at the iMAL Centre for Digital Cultures and Technology in Brussels. Although the final film has yet to be shared online I think the sculpture itself is most interesting part. Have a look at some more detailed images of the work below.


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Waterfall Can’t_

Hikers exploring England’s Derbyshire Peak District earlier this week stumbled onto a rare phenomenon caused by extreme winds. The River Downfall, a 30-meter (98 foot) waterfall was blown back almost vertically by a powerful updraft, making it seem as if the waterfall was simply flowing into nothing.


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Production Design | The Holy Mountain (1973)

by Alejandro Jodorowsky_

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There’s Going to be a Job Opening at College Humor’s Social Media Team in Just a Minute _

Either that or they’re stepping up the “Awkward Fake Twitter Hack” game. In which case, slow clap for all parties involved.


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Cloud-based serive offers real-time drone cartography for personal or business use.

DroneDeploy makes Drone Operations Simple.

DroneDeploy.com is a smart drone management platform that helps you get stuff done with drones. It’s built to be simple, safe and powerful, controlling multiple drones, from anywhere, on any device.

Making flight plans has never been easier – just describe your mission, and DroneDeploy will build a dynamic flight path that avoids other aircraft, airports, and even urban areas while respecting local laws.

DroneDeploy also makes it easy to fulfil the purpose of missions, with a growing selection of Apps that enable a number of operations, including seamless photo-stitching and object identification. Our APIs are simple and open to developers.


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“Music” of the Day: The Selling Power of Taylor Swift Turned Eight Seconds of Static Into Canada’s Number One Single _

Yesterday, Taylor Swift’s newest single “Track 3″ released on iTunes skyrocketed up the Canadian charts.

The track has since been removed under speculation it was a glitch, but if you are hankering for the song of our generation you can listen to the entire track above.


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‘Neko Land’, French Photographer Captures the Haunting Beauty of the Street Cats of Japan_

While traveling in Japan, French photographer Alexandre Bonnefoy captured the haunting beauty of the stray cats that roam the streets and alleys and turned these beautiful images into a book called Nekoland, une vie de chat au Japon, which is available in the United States through Amazon.


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