Most of the 3D printed objects we’ve featured have that 3D printed look: a single-colored material that has sharp and exact edges or grooves, something that looks like a prototype. Which is why I was really blown away by this piece made by Greg Petchkovsky:
Even though he didn’t have a 3D scanner, Greg was able to make a 3D model of this particular section of the sandstone wall by taking pictures of it from different angles, which were then fed into Agisoft PhotoScan to create a 3D model. In case you were wondering, the parts that look like LEGO blocks are also part of the piece; Greg made them from scratch using a 3ds Max. After much tweaking and customizing, Greg sent his custom model to Shapeways to be printed. Greg painted some parts of the model to make it even more lifelike before finally placing it on the chipped corner of the sandstone wall.
Looking at Greg’s work, I can’t help but think of what further questions this will raise about the value of art. We can already make perfect copies of music and movies; what will happen when anyone can print perfect copies of sculptures, clothes and the like? I guess that’s for tomorrow’s artists and consumers to decide. For now you can check out Greg’s Instructables page for more details on his project.