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25 Apr Artist Fuses Traditional Art with 3D Printing
Artist Tian Tian, Director of Digital Media Art Design at Aurora College, Shanghai, has exploited Polymaker’s brand new solution to surface finish in 3D prints. With the release of Polymaker’s PolySmooth and the desktop Polysher, Tian Tian can create a perfectly smooth glossy surface to achieve the high level of detail required to paint traditional Qing Dynasty vases.
When Tian Tian is not busy at Aurora college she likes to keep up the age old tradition of Qing vase painting in her spare time. This ancient art dates back to the 13th century and depends highly on skilled artists with very fine brush movements. To make sure all the fine detail is captured the artists need a very smooth surface to paint on as not to disrupt their brush strokes.
“PolySmooth creates the perfect surface for high details painting. Furthermore with 3D printing I can explore new designs and vase geometries bringing this traditional art into the 21st century” – Tian Tian, Director of Digital Media Art Design, Aurora College
Polymaker’s new filament, a PVB (Polyvinyl Butyral) is soluble in I.P.A (Isopropanol). Inside the Polysher’s chamber a fine mist of I.P.A is created by an ultrasonic nebulizer, this mist engulfs the PolySmooth model melting the surface and blending the layers together. When the vase is removed from the Polysher you are left with a clean glossy layer less surface, opening many doors previously closed to 3D printed objects.
“When I’m painting a vase designed by another artist, there is always some point where I can not fully express my drawing” – Tian Tian, Director of Digital Media Art Design, Aurora College