Posts Tagged ‘Met MakerBot Hackathon’

MUGNY July 20th Event Tonight!

Posted by on Friday, July 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

Tonight, MakerBot will host a very special MUGNY (MakerBot User Group NYC) meeting at the beautiful Marymount School Fifth Avenue Campus right across from the Met Museum, preceded by a RSVP-only walking tour through the Met with a handful of the artists who participated in the Met MakerBot Hackathon.

While the free Met Tour event is “sold out” at this point, I do want to remind those who managed to reserve a ticket that the Walking Tour guests need to check in with me (Matt Griffin) on the left hand side of the Met lobby (near the Greek/Roman entrance) just before 5:30pm to get your Met pin and be ready for the tour to depart — promptly at 5:30pm.

Glenn Berry will be handling the check-in list at the Marymount School starting at 6:00pm across the street. After the Walking Tour rejoins the reception, MakerBot Operators, Thingiverse Makers, and the curious public will be treated to refreshments, snacks, the latest community show-and-tell, and inspiring keynote talks featuring the Met MakerBot Hackathon and the Capture Your Town project.

MakerBot User Group meetings are monthly meet ups where members of our world-wide community get together locally to share what they have been up to with their MakerBots. The events typically include a featured guest or keynote arranged beforehand, and tend to attract a large crowd of those from the general public as well as those actively involved with MakerBot and Thingiverse — all are welcome!

And here’s a sneak preview of the mini-master class in casting to be given tonight by 3D designer and jeweler Jason Bakutis. The work he is bringing will drop some jaws, and offer all of those curious about creating replicas of physical objects a few new routes for finishing!

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Exciting Words From The Met About Met MakerBot Hackathon

Posted by on Thursday, July 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

There’s an excellent feature at the Met blog on our Met MakerBot Hackathon last month, and a great spotlight on Anney Fresh’s re-imagined female deity puppet.

Check out the exciting note at the very end of the piece!

[Managing Museum educator for Gallery and Studio Programs Jacqueline Terrassa] was excited to examine “how the Met could provide a space, an occasion, a supportive environment where people could work for two intense days.” Though plans for similar events that utilize 3-D printing technology are still in their earliest stages, Terrassa was inspired by the artists’ and programmers’ powerful creative energy. The 3-D Hackathon was the first event of its kind at the Museum, but if the enthusiasm of the participants and the originality of the creations are any indication, then it certainly will not be the last.

We <3 the Met.


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MUGNY July 20th: Met MakerBot Hackathon & Capture Your Town

Posted by on Friday, July 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

Next Friday night, MakerBot will host a very special MUGNY (MakerBot User Group NYC) meeting at the beautiful Marymount School Fifth Avenue Campus right across from the Met Museum. Marymount is an an independent, Catholic all-girls day school that actually has a rocking fab lab full of MakerBots — so this is a special pleasure for us. What’s more, this venue allows us to host a special RSVP only (grab tickets quick here!) opportunity to do a walking tour through the Met Museum so that a number of the artists can share about their derivative works right in front of the originals!

At 6:30pm, MakerBot Operators, Thingiverse Makers, and the curious public will cross the street and join us at the Marymount School for refreshments, snacks, the latest community show-and-tell, and inspiring keynote talks featuring the Met MakerBot Hackathon and the Capture Your Town project that emerged: a chance for all of our community to dive in and digitize buildings, artwork, and other objects that they want to share with the world about where they live.

MakerBot User Group meetings are monthly meet ups for members of our world-wide community to get together locally to share what they have been up to with their MakerBots. The events typically include a featured guest or keynote arranged beforehand, and tend to attract a large crowd of those from the general public as well as those actively involved with MakerBot and Thingiverse — all are welcome!

Check back early next week for further details about the Hackathon artists, digital archivists, and MakerBot community members who will be speaking — and reserve your “5:00pm Pre-Event Demo and Art Talk at the Met Museum” and “MUGNY Event @ Marymount School” RSVP tickets so that you can receive instructions for attending this very special evening.

Thanks again to inspiring maker and educator Jaymes Dec for connecting us with the Marymount School.

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Chicago MakerBot Superstar “Moceri” Livestreaming Tonight!

Posted by on Friday, June 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

I want to clue you guys into one MakerBot all-star you should know about, Mike Moceri, or Moceri on Thingiverse. Mike is easily the new go-to expert on using Kinect and ReconstructMe to scan and make models of people on a MakerBot. He has posted a couple dozen busts of people who visited him at various events in the Chicago area, and shared his expertise on how to host that type of event.

He’s a key member Tonight Mike’s going to be over at the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago participating in an event called Facemask, which is tagged the “Eight Annual National Self Portrait Exhibit.” The exhibit is expected to draw over 800 people for the opening night. More detail:

Facemask explores the hidden personality behind our social media face. Such personality here described as our “other”. This exhibition will take place in the main gallery of the Zhou B Art Center and it is the theme of this year’s 8th Annual National Self Portrait Exhibition.The main gallery of the Zhou B. Art Center will become a national laboratory for the exploration and visual representation of the “self”. The exhibition will include works ranging from representational, non-representational and conceptual ideas of the self. It will feature works in a variety of media. The Zhou B. Art Center is home to 33 Contemporary Gallery and it is located at 1029 W. 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60609. Opening night is from 7-10pm.

Mike will be joined by several members of the ChiMUG (Chicago MakerBot User Group), including, Met MakerBot Hackathon participant Tom Burtonwood, the uber-creative MakerBotter TheNewHobbyist, and the digital artist Patrick Lichty. The team will be scanning visitors and making their likenesses on Mike’s Thing-O-Matic.

And they’ll be livestreaming it! Check out all the action here and on Mike’s twitter account @MoceriMike.

Have fun, guys!


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More Armor On Thingiverse

Look what PrettySmallThings did at the Met during our Hackathon!


There’s a special bit of information on the Thingiverse page, too:

The awesome thing about this print, is that the helmet its based on isn’t on display at the MET, it’s in storage – I worked off a 123D Catch created by MET staff. You can’t see this at the MET, but you can see it in your own home thanks to 3D printing!

Kaboom! This piece of armor is otherwise inaccessible (there’s only so much space!), but the Met staff was so cool as to snap some photos of it and share them with a digital artist so that the entire world can now get their hands on it.

Check out the original here, and compare the two pieces. PrettySmallThings (aka Kacie Hultgren) did some “restoration” work on the file in order to re-sculpt some parts that didn’t render quite right. This is an excellent addition to the armor scales by Krest that MakerBlock blogged about the other day.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?1


  1. scale these up and wear them for in-office chair jousting []
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Remixing The Met: “We Met Heads On”

Posted by on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in Uncategorized


The work that has come out of the Met MakerBot Hackathon has been really ground breaking, especially since it has inspired people who weren’t even with us a couple of weekends ago.

Matthew Plummer-Fernandez is one of those artists. I posted about him during the Hackathon and it generated a lot of interest about his ideas of “remixing” and “sampling” physical objects.

The video above, “We Met Heads On”,  is a new addition from Matthew, drawing on what has so far been captured with 123D Catch and uploaded to Thingiverse. Here’s the description of the video from the Vimeo page.

This video titled ‘We Met Heads On’ is my remix of the 3D scan hackathon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY organised by Makerbot. The public were invited to scan artifacts to then modify and 3d print derivatives. The files ended up on Thingiverse, giving me access to the scans, in particular ‘decimation study – met heads’ by scotta3d which is a derivative from another thingiverse user tbuser. To continue the lineage of derivatives, I have placed the low-polygon heads from scotta3d into a Processing sketch that distorts the meshes in realtime in response to sound and outputs the modified stl objects. The soundwave is analysed from the streaming audio and used to force the mesh to twist to the strength of the soundwave. Performed and recorded in real-time.

We are going crazy about this video right now. Imagine what could be done with some of these ancient figures, animating them (re-animating them?) to appropriate music. Renaissance sculpture to ancient Greek music, Oceanic sculpture to Oceanic music.

It’s time to make art dance.


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The Art Is Spreading!

Not too long from now, the artists from the Met MakerBot Hackathon will start presenting their work from this weekend. But even before we get to that point, several of the pieces we captured have already been copied and derived on Thingiverse.

Marble Lion








The Marble Lion on the left was turned into a screaming baby lion with a fancy mane by anamarva.


Jean-Antoine Houdon’s Bather was derived twice, once by MathematicalGastronomist (left) and another time by cushwa (right).










Thingiverse user GuyFromLE grabbed and made this model of Marsyas by the sculptor Balthasar Permoser.

More to come!



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Met Heads Collection, Available On Thingiverse

Check it: Tony Buser has made a collection of Met Heads for everyone to use in making mashups.







Notice Tony’s 7-step path to success:

Step 1: Sit in a spinnable office chair

Step 2: setup kinect and reconstructme so only your upper body is inside the scan area.

Step 3: slowly, slowly, spin spin yourself around in the chair while keeping your upper body in a static position

Step 4: load the reconstructme stl into NetFabb, repair it to make it solid, rotate it so it’s right side up, then slice off the bottom to make bottom flat

Step 5: OPTIONAL: Load stl into Meshlab and run filter -> Point Sets -> Poisson Reconstruction, set octree depth to 12 (this results in a smoother model)

Step 6: Load stl into replicatorg, resize, center, place on table

Step 7: …

Step 8: PROFIT!


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Heists And Hacks: What’s The Difference?

Posted by on Saturday, June 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

On the night of March 18, 1990, a pair of thieves disguised as Boston police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and roamed the museum’s galleries, stealing thirteen works of art.

Perhaps the biggest property theft in recorded history, this 1990 theft of paintings including Rembrandt’s only known seascape, remains unsolved. Holy shhhhhmoly! That sounds more like a movie plot1 , than something that could have happened in the 90’s.

It’s Day 2 at the Met MakerBot Hackathon and everyone’s down to work on their new art, and it’s crazy to think that we’re at this point. Because here’s the thing: we thought we’d have to come in and “steal” this stuff, until the Met listened to the idea and got excited about it and helped us take it a few steps further.

The idea of an art heist has still been tossed around. Let’s face it: heists make good stories. It’s good drama about a few people against a big group and you start cheering for the underdog. But what you never see in the movies is all the people who won’t see that art because of some trickery.

Food for thought:

•  Just last year, a drawing by Picasso was stolen from a gallery in San Francisco. The gallery’s president, Rowland Weinstein, said his “greatest fear” was that “the person will realize it’s unsellable and will dispose of it in a less-than-proper manner.”

•  The frames of the stolen pieces from the Gardener Museum, mentioned above, are still hanging empty on the walls, just waiting for the art to return.

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  1. actually that does sound a lot like the end of The Town []
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Art Reimagined: Artists Discuss Their Hackathon Experiences

Posted by on Friday, June 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

Two of the artists in the Met MakerBot Hackathon, Colette Robbins and Micah Ganske, sat down with us to share their perspectives on their #Met3D collaboration. Bios on these two artists below the video.

Colette Robbins was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA from Parsons, the New School for Design. Colette shows her work both nationally and internationally. Recently her work has been featured in shows at Deitch Projects, NY, Workshop Gallery, Venice, Italy, Lesley Heller Work Space, NY, RH Gallery, NY, Art Star, NY, Yautepec, Mexico City, Mexico, Field Projects, NY, Sloan Fine Art, NY, and 92 Y Tribeca, NY. She is an affiliate of Parlour, a nomadic exhibitions project that holds one-night art salons in living rooms throughout the five boroughs of NYC and abroad. colette has been awarded grants for residencies such as The Cill Rialaig Project in Ireland, and the Vermond Studio Center. She now lives and works in Queens, New York.

Micah Ganske was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1980. In 2002 he received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate from the Maryland Institute of Art in 2003. In 2005 he received his MFA in painting from the Yale School of Art. In 2005 he was the recipient of the Adobe Design Achievement Award in Digital Photography at a reception held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, where his work was also displayed. In October, 2007, Deitch Projects exhibited Ganske’s first solo exhibition. In 2011 he launched his second solo exhibition with RH Gallery in Tribeca, where he is now represented.

This is the first collaboration of these two artists, which is remarkable since they share a studio. And they are married.


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