Keith Brown makes the ARKe Dazzle in all 2 million Colours!
We first featured the spectacular work of Keith Brown, Sculptor and Professor of Sculpture and Digital Technologies at the Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, in a case study back in 2015 http://mcortechnologies.com/exploratory-sculptor-uses-full-colour-3d-printing-to-articulate-vision-and-transcend-physical-form/
However, we were working with Keith for many years before that with our mono 3D printers with which he created elegant and organic sculptures, experimenting with a variety of forms, textures and finishes to achieve his vision. For example, Mcor 3D printers enabled him to try various finishes, such as leathering using ordinary boot polish, which profoundly impacted the meaning or the statement of the final piece.
However, Keith is captivated by the possibilities of true, full-colour 3D printing, so Keith set about pushing the boundaries of his previous work to incorporate colour into his 3D printed sculpture using the Mcor IRIS. Keith was very impressed with the results the best colour capability of any 3D printer. “It’s the only true, full colour you can get,” says Keith. He has used other colour 3D printers, but the colours have a more pastel quality compared to the intense, vivid colours produced on Mcor 3D printers. Other colour 3D printers he has looked at have a very limited colour capacity and can’t handle 24 bit because each individual shell requires a designated single colour and the number of colours and palettes are rather limited.
So it is no surprise that he was eager to try out the colour capability of the Mcor ARKe – now offering almost 2 million colours! His new designs were printed on the ARKe for the British fine art digital sculpture exhibition called “MESH” as part of Manchester City of Science 2016 Festival week http://www.manchestersciencefestival.com/event/mesh/ last October. And again during the SIGGRAPH Asia 2016 Art Gallery “Mediated Aesthetics” talks at the Vancian, Macau, China in December https://sa2016.siggraph.org/en/.
“Using the ARKe for the first time I was delighted by the variety and richness of colour along with the ability to deliver a high level of resolution for both imagery and geometry,” says Keith. “These pieces rely on a high level of fidelity in relation to image and surface, object and form, playing on a disruption between 2D and 3D,” he added. To achieve the final finish, the sculptures are burnished to a high level to reveal the required photo-realistic appearance. Please see some examples below –
Keith spoke at both events and took the opportunity to pass around the models which were very well received – the audience were truly amazed by the colour, texture and quality of the models! Well it certainly helps to have a true innovator using our technology to really exemplify its full colour capabilities. Thanks Keith!