The School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University produces a beautiful annual report each year about the schools achievements, research, engineering and other advances the school has made in it’s past year and also has features about selected projects from the school. I’m pleased that my project “Model Citizens” was featured in the article “Artist Uses Thinkbox to Shift Into New Dimension” by Jacqueline Fitch.
Bits in Pieces includes Reach’s latest large-scale, geometric digital prints, smaller “whimsies” (as Reach refers to them) and new 3-D printed mixed media sculptures, called Model Citizens. “I wanted to explore ways of making sculpture digitally,” says Reach. “I’ve been enjoying the process of working with 3D printing. I’m mixing other digital fabrication technology into them; parts in wood are cut on a CNC Router that is basically a cutting robot, and the stainless steel base has its pattern laser cut on a laser cutter, another cutting robot.
“In my quest to embrace technology to have a voice, I am just beginning to embark to explore this technology in my art,” he continues. “As an architect, three-dimensional form is always in the background. Making sculptures would be too physically demanding. But when I first learned of 3-D printing it occurred to me that here was a medium that I could produce sculpture without the physicality involved, thus giving me a new avenue of creative expression.”
My exploration of my “Model Citizens” continues with this new variation. I am creating my 3d models using autodesk Inventor Pro 2014. This animation was created and rendered also with autodesk inventor. This is the first part of the process to realizing these as sculpture where they will be rendered using 3d printing technology. The different parts will be printed separately and then assembled.