3D printing in the service of Art

Impression 3D sur mesure © Beaux-Arts Magazine – No. 405 – March 2018 – custom 3D printing
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Emerging in the first half of the 1980s, additive manufacturing of an object consists of printing it using successive layers of a material, on the basis of a 3D file.
Originally used by industry to produce prototypes, it has now captured a broader audience.
It is also accompanied by a clear improvement in the available tools and the development of companies specialising in modelling of objects and online 3D printing services.

Thanks to 3D scanner technology, the object produced may be extremely faithful to the original.
Sculptors and designers are especially concerned, highlights Thierry Maillard.
“Painters are too,”
he adds.
Before recalling, by way of an example, the technology developed by Fujifilm and used by the Van Gogh Museum to create high-definition 3D reproductions of some of the artist’s works for collectors.

“Custom 3D printing opens up new creative channels for artists,
but we want to regulate production in order to minimise abuse – fakes and counterfeiting.”
Claire Fayolle
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Impression 3D sur mesure © bespoke 3D printing

An assignment was officially launched in July 2017 by the Conseil Supérieur de la Propriété Littéraire et Artistique (CSPLA), a consultative body responsible for making recommendations to the Ministry of Culture.
It was handed over to the Councillor of State, Olivier Japiot, whose report was published last December.
Catherine Gorgé, Secretary-General of the Prodways Group, specialising in 3D printers, and Director of the division dedicated to creation, has kept an eye on the ADAGP’s demands and ensured that the latter’s requirements can be applied in practice.
Prodways examined what was technically feasible in order to ensure the traceability of an original piece.

A work, the only one in the world

Made using bespoke 3D printing and with an ID inscribed directly in the material

Its creator, the Brazilian artist Jaildo Marinho compares this marker to “a kind of DNA” proving the authenticity of this sculpture produced by the Prodways Group.
This solution, which can only be read by X-rays, is one of many suggestions, but it represents a promising start in the effort to reassure creators.