Prime Cuts: Artistic spectacle

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With 3D printing drawing curious glances from the art world and the greater public, it’s interesting that more art and design exhibitons are extolling its wonderous qualities of obscure shapes and forms.

These spectacles are part of the Send To Print / Print To Send show at the Aram Gallery, London beginning in January, dispaying the capabilities of the technology and some of its most innovative uses.

The frames are laser sintered, before the arms of the frames are hand woven – designed to be hand customised to adjust to the culture and surroundings where they are to be worn.

The combined work of two designers previously featured in DEVELOP3D, Chloë McCormick and Nicholas O’Donnell-Hoare, these glasses are an example of what can be done with modern technology, while incorporating traditional methods such as tapestry.

Although still being developed, the initial pairs are designed in Rhino, before being laser sintered on an EOS P100 printer.


“After witnessing the amazing invention of Joshua Silver’s onsite prescription liquid lenses we felt that they could go one step further,” says McCormick. “Through designing the frames to be hand customised to fit the culture and surrounding in which they sit, we have embarked on a journey to design a pair of spectacles that could change the way we connect with our items.”

The exhibition also features DEVELOP3D favourites Assa Ashuach, Michael Eden and Freedom Of Creation and runs from the 13 January – 25 February, 2012 at the Aram Gallery, Covent Garden, London.

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