• 3DCAMP is for everything and everyone interested in all things 3D
  • There are 15 speakers
  • Many vendors who are bringing new and advancing technology will be displaying things in the lobby and talking to attendees
  • The entire day including the speakers, breakfast, lunch and the art show cost only $15 for attendees.
  • It is hosted by the University of Houston Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and The School of Art, and is open to the public.
  • We have a ton of door prizes that have been donated by such companies as Pixologic and Smith Micro as well as many, many others.

It is amazing how far the term 3D goes.  It is used in many different disciplines- All you have to do is look at the speaker list. We have those working in the arts, in gaming, in oil and gas, entertainment and much, much more.

Some interesting points about the talk of 3D at 3DCAMP

  • Did you know that 3D technology is exploring and making advances in something called regenerative medicine?  What is that?  Need a kidney? This technology is working toward being able to print one for you, out of your own bio mass.  They are already doing this with bone and skin.
  • Did you know that the government is seeing the advancements and need for 3D and they are offering funding to encourage the education of it in the school systems?
  • Did you know you can make a 3d image of yourself just using your cell phone and at no additional cost to you?
  • Did you know that machines like a replicator on Star Trek, are very similar to the advancements that are being made in 3D technology?

If you want to learn more, hear more, and be a part of these incredible advancements, come check out 3DCAMP Houston 2012.

If you would like to find out more for the event or to register check out the website http://www.3dcamphouston.com or meet us on twitter or facebook.

From “Digital Sculpting in Mudbox: Essential
Tools and Techniques for Artists- Chapter 7
on scanning printing and milling”. Artwork by Bridgette Mongeon

I have been working diligently on 3DCAMP Houston planning committee. We are still working out all of our sponsors and exhibitors and we have a couple of exhibitors/sponsors specializing in rapid prototyping.  I thought it might be a good idea to work out a contest, this would not be just for those attending 3DCAMP Houston, but for anyone.  I’m posting this to see how others feel about the contest and to find some suggestions in putting this contest together, and if this is a viable endeavor?

The contest would be open to everyone, and not just those attending 3DCAMP Houston. That way, we promote what we are doing at  3DCAMP Houston and our sponsors, while talking about the contest.  It is a win, win situation.

From “Digital Sculpting in Mudbox: Essential Tools and Techniques for Artists- Chapter 7 on scanning printing and milling”.”Indian” created in Mudbox by Steven Guervara

The thought is that individuals would send images of their 3d work ( I figure requesting jpg images from 2-3 sides would be sufficient. We would have to designate the file size.Then if they are chosen they can send us the designated file.)

Then our committee will pick from the designs and then the 3DCAMP Houston visiting sponsors could print out the design.  The winners can be displayed in our art show scheduled the day before the conference and stay up through the conference. A copy would be sent to those who have won.  ( That same print that is displayed could be sent to the individual, but I’m not sure if we would need it, perhaps we would like to display it again next year?)

From “Digital Sculpting in Mudbox: Essential Tools and
Techniques for Artists- Chapter 7 on
scanning printing and milling. “Artwork by Gil Bruvel

I’m just wondering how others would structure such an endeavor, and some of the guidelines. I’m sure that the equipment of some of our sponsors will dictate which piece is printed by which sponsor? For example a piece in color or pieces that move.  We are still finalizing our sponsorships and so I can not say what type of machines or who the sponsors are at this moment, as we will be finalizing this in the next few weeks.  Just writing to get some general information and thoughts about the idea.

About 3DCAMP Houston 2012

3DCAMP Houston is working with a not for profit organization to educate individuals in everything 3D.  The event is for 2- 3 days. beginning with an art show on Friday the 28th of September, an all day symposium with speakers on the 29th of September, and possibly workshops in different software on Sunday for those who register. There is also an exhibitors space.  Our event this year is being hosted by The University Of Houston College of Sciences and Mathematics along with the School of Art. We are incorporating STEAM an educational initiative that support Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  For more information please see our press release on the 3DCAMP website. Therefore, perhaps we have categories of participation in the contest that represent different fields?  I’m open for suggestions.  Any thoughts out there?

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The photographs in this post are from my book “Digital Sculpting with Mudbox: Essential tools and techniques for Artists” Chapter 7 Scanning, Printing, and Milling.

I am presently working on another book that extends chapter 7 of the Mudbox book and focuses on the work of artists and their process of using 3D, for artwork realized in a physical form, as well as the process and pitfalls of these tools.  It will also be a source book of resources and vendors for those interested in extending their tools set to include this type of work.

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Sculptor and writer
Bridgette Mongeon

Bridgette Mongeon-Sculptor, Writer and Speaker
Bridgette Mongeon is a sculptor, writer, illustrator and educator as well as a public speaker.

Her blog can be found at https://creativesculpture.com.

She is deeply engrossed in the planning committee for 3DCAMP Houston 2012 http://www.3dcamphouston.com

She is also the owner and creator of the God’s Word Collectible Sculpture series

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I am giving a lecture at 3DCAMP Houston about art and technology.  I’m also one of the committee members for 3DCAMP Houston 2012, and I’m gathering information for a book. I’m presently looking for 3D artists using some sort of digital 3D to create artwork in a physical form. That means creating in 3D, output using 3D tools such as cnc, or rapid prototyping, or incorporating 3D in the physical work somehow.  The things I have learned about the technology surrounding 3D is that creative  people are forever surprising me.  Artists are pushing the tools to create work that has never been created before.

How about the vendors?
I’m also interested in talking to vendors about the tools and services they have to offer that directly relate to the fine art audience. Though 3DCAMP is looking for vendors who work in all areas that use 3D.

If you have artwork and can share your process with me , as well as your vendors please contact me with some links to your work. This information will be used for:

  • A lecture at 3DCAMP Houston and other areas
  • A possible book
  • Articles and possible podcast interviews.

We are also interested in finding artwork for an up and coming art show for 3DCAMP Houston.  The prospectus will be on the 3DCAMP Houston website soon.  If you are interested simply subscribe to the 3DCAMP website newsletter and we will be sure you receive the information as soon as it is posted.

mascot of Prairie View Panther
I use 3D in my concept design and also in milling out my foam armatures for large sculptures.

About 3DCAMP Houston 2012
3DCAMP is an all day conference of professionals and students and those who have an interest in 3D. We all come together to learn and share about everything 3D. 3DCAMP 2012 is coming back with STEAM, supporting the educational initiative of incorporating and encouraging the blending and education of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) . We are very excited to have both the University Of Houston Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics as well as the School of Arts as our hosts for 3DCAMP 2012.  September 28th is the art show that is open to the public. September 29th will be the all day lectures.  You can see some of the speakers and topics on the website.  3D technology covers a wide area, including science, archeology, medicine, art, engineering, math, and much more.  Attend 3DCAMP and pick your desired interests and see some incredible stuff.
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Bridgette Mongeon-Sculptor, Writer and Speaker

Bridgette Mongeon is a sculptor, writer, illustrator and educator as well as a public speaker.

She is on the organizing committee for 3DCAMP Houston 3DCAMP Houston

Her blog can be found at https://creativesculpture.com.

She is also the owner and creator of the God’s Word Collectible Sculpture series

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I’m trying to get my head around the digitial printing in metal. In my November 22 post I have shown two videos. The second one though it says shapeways is exones process. I posted the first one because it helped to clarify things for me though I was told the first video is not really how they create their bronzes. Ex one tells me their bronze is Our bronze is 90% copper and 10% tin. I have been talking with them about collaboration on the book and project. This is something I received from the production company at ex one 60% stainless steel
40% Bronze

“We print in a bed of stainless steel powder layer after layer until the three-dimensional part is done. We cure that bed of powder and then we take bronze powder and wick it into the bronze metal. How this happens is as follows. The design that was printed has a stilt as we call it (nothing more than an appendage sticking out of the part). This is added before we print in the stl file. When we set up the furnace we take that stilt and touch the bronze powder to it. At a certain temperature in the furnace the bronze powder starts to melt. When that happens the bronze capillaries into the stainless steel. If you would look at the stainless steel object before the bronze in infiltrated it would look like your kitchen sponge. A sponge has holes all over it. Same principle for the stainless steel part. So in order to fill those holes we use the bronze which is a lower temperature metal to fill the voids. This is how it becomes a composite.”

My question would be this. How would this weld together? If you printed in pieces and welded it together could this be seamless? would the welds show over time? ( this is a horrible thing concerning a fine art bronze) I wish I knew a metalurgist who could look at an ex one piece and compare it to the Everdur bronze. I’m also curious how this “printed metal” will handle the outdoors.

I have been working on a technology symposium for Houston next year. HUGE PROJECT! more about that later. I found RabbitHole printing at Siggraph this year and just loved it. I’m hoping they will be at the symposium. This stuff reminds me of looking through my view master toy in the 60’s,
but it is much more intense and active. Is it a shadow box? Is it a print? Is it sculpture? To help with the load time of my blog I’ll direct you to the link for this video http://vimeo.com/1767780?pg=embed&sec=1767780 VIDEO NO LONGER AVAILABLE.