Articulated Creatures

Brian Chan: Art meets craft in virtuosic 3D design with the Form 1+

Brian Chan   Engineer, Formlabs

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Art meets mechanics: Brian prints ultra-complex articulated animal models in one piece.
Art meets mechanics: Brian prints ultra-complex articulated animal models in one piece.
MIT Craftsman: An MIT alum, Brian hones his skills at the MIT Hobby Shop.
MIT Craftsman: An MIT alum, Brian hones his skills at the MIT Hobby Shop.

Formlabs engineer Brian Chan is an artist and craftsman using digital techniques to continue ancient traditions. For Brian, CAD is an art form that he can use to create beautiful, anatomically-accurate models of the natural world, allowing him to “collect specimens without harming nature.”

“The Form 1+ is one of the few consumer printers that can print nested joints that remain intact and functional.”

Brian's designs are difficult and expensive to traditionally manufacture. His Mantis shrimp, for example, has more than 100 moving pieces. The models were originally designed for SLS Nylon printing, but the Form 1+ is up to the challenge of such complex structures. You can purchase his designs through his Shapeways store.

Read about Brian’s latest project, a fully-functional 3D-printed acoustic violin, on our blog.

Drawing from technology: CAD is one of Brian's artistic tools.
Drawing from technology: CAD is one of Brian's artistic tools.
Re-invigorating tradition with technology through 3D printing.
Re-invigorating tradition with technology through 3D printing.
Articulated creatures: Once supports are removed, joints are free-moving.
Articulated creatures: Once supports are removed, joints are free-moving.

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