3D Printing and Creative Research — Part 1

Dr Trinh Vu, ‘Pokeberry’, 2015. 3D print, plastic, 143 x 43 cm.

An exploration of possibilities and limitations of 3D printing.


  • Dr Trinh Vu

In this project, the focus is on the use of Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) in creating large and complex sculptural forms. FFF builds up 3D structures by first decomposing a CAD model into thin layers and then the printer heats thermoplastic and extrudes it through a nozzle onto a build platform and sequentially stacking up layer-by-layer of plastic along the path calculated in the first phase of this process. This method of 3D printing is simple and environment-friendly but like traditional tools it has its own particular characteristics and foibles that dictate how we work and make things.

The project explores creative uses of 3D printing technologies, expanding boundaries and opening up possibilities and perspectives for creative practice.