We have seen some sensational stuff done on MakerBot technology in the past. This collection from the artist David Hirmes has got to be a quick entry into the hall of fame. Check out “Boolean Buddhas“.
These pieces are all based on a single Buddha head model that was uploaded to Thingiverse back in 20101 by Peter Bios. David Hirmes notes that the 3D design file is listed in the public domain, which is important. The licenses available on Thingiverse allow everyone else to adapt the file for other uses. Because of that licensing, he felt free to go wild with this art.
Using the free design program Blender, he mashed up the head with other shapes using boolean operations. A boolean is when you subtract the outer surface of an object from another solid object, leaving a negative space in that shape. Two other boolean operations are “union”, or when you mash two things together, and “intersection”, when you leave only the space that the two objects have in common. David’s graphic explains it much more simply.
Look at the insanely cool shapes he got from this process.
The gold paint looks incredible. And here’s the sweetest part, and the part that we have all come to expect: David has graciously shared his entire process on his own website and put all of the design files up on Thingiverse for you, yes YOU, to play with.
- Take note! There may be some untapped gems for you to explore from years past! [↩]
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