A video posted on Vimeo caught our eye. A PhD student at the UC Berkeley School of Information created a plein air sculpture on a beach using a 3D printer.
Lead Image: Laura Devendorf creates sculptures based on what a 3D printer is seeing in the landscape.
Laura Devendorf developed the equipment and a process in which a smartphone takes images from the environment and converts them into a 3D image that can be created by a 3D printer — but, instead of fabricating it with a printer, relies on the artist to make a clay-coil sculpture by hand. A laser guides the sculptor’s hands much as it would the printer. By creating the sculpture on site, the piece is ostensibly informed by the environment.
More information on her project is here.