Bits to Its 3D-Printing Art Show Winners Announced by Maine FabLab

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The Bits to Its 3D Printing Art Show announced winners from Belgium, Australia, and the USA. The entries use the newest digital fabrication techniques in innovative new ways.

"...almost like flrting with the 3D Printing machines."
Bits to Its Best in Show Winner Nick Ervinck

The Maine FabLab is pleased to announce the winners for the inaugural Bits to Its 3D Printing art show from a wide range of International artists. The show is organized by the fabrication laboratory in the MIT model to highlight use of new 3D Printing service and technology in modern art and opens on April 27 at the Landing Gallery in Rockland, Maine.

The international panel of judges comes from the forefront of 3D Printing technology. They include Ping Fu, founder of GeoMagic, the 3D Scanning company now owned by 3D Systems Corporation, Israeli Math Artist Asher Nahmias aka Dizingof, and American artist Joshua Harker whose 3D Printed sculpture held the record for Kickstarter backing.

With close to perfect scores from all three show curators, Belgian multi-media Artist Nick Ervinck’s 3DPrinted sculpture RACHT was named Best in Show. Upon hearing of the prize, Mr. Ervinck commented, “I don't just want to use 3D printing as technology ... but to challenge the possibilities of the technology ... almost like flirting with the machines!”

The Best from Maine award went to Mary Baldwin Collins of Rockport, Maine for her piece, American Icon #1. Ms. Collins who had never worked with 3D printing before describes some of the inspiration from the technology: “The question of 3D printing as art was the jumping off point and I was then able to examine many other concepts in an untraditional way. This was just so much fun!”

Other artists whose entries were accepted as examples of the new 3d Printing service include Australian Henry Segerman and Americans Andrew Werby, Arnold Martin, Jim Stanis and Roberta Baumann. Potomac Photonics of Lanham, MD served as the official 3D Printing service for the show utilizing a 3D Systems ProJet 3000 Plus 3D printer and Duvall Design of Rockport, ME provided technical and CAD drawing assistance, as well as 3D Printing Service.

The show will open with a private reception on Saturday April 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Landing Gallery in Rockland. The opening will be a Fundraiser for the Maine FabLab’s STEM education programs in the State of Maine. It will include a Preview of the Show for best selection of art for purchase, an appetizer/wine & beer buffet catered by Cafe Miranda in Rockland, demonstration of 3D Printing, video commentary by the judges, and a Gift Bag that includes a 3D Printed commemorative piece created by the MicroFactoryUSA 3D Printing Service.

For details about the show, please go to http://www.mainefablab.org where you can also purchase tickets for the opening reception.

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