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February 20, 2013

Ping Fu among judges in 3D print art show

ROCKLAND, Maine – Sarah Boisvert, who is heading up the effort to bring a FabLab to Maine, feels she has scored a minor coup in getting Geomagic founder Ping Fu to jury what may be the first 3D printed art show in the United States, to be displayed at the Landing Gallery, here in Downeast Maine (the first 3D printed art show was last year in London, as far as we can tell).

“She’s not just any old judge,” said Sarah Boisvert, CEO of Greenwood Tech Strategies, “she’s at the forefront of 3d printing and has worked with this for a long time and it’s just wonderful to have her participating with us.”

Her fellow judges are of the same caliber, coming from the art world. Joshua Harker is an American artist working in 3D printed sculpture who once raised $77,000+ on Kickstarter for one of his projects. Asher Nahmias is a 3D artist known as Dizingof, working out of Tel Aviv, who calls what he does “math art” and incorporates 3D data capture into his works, melding point clouds with mathematical equations.

The show they’ll serve as jury for is called “Bits to Its,” and is in the process of soliciting entries, which must incorporate 3D printed materials into at least 75 percent of the sculpture. You can find details on entry here.

For those designing in 3D, but without a 3D printer of their own, Potomac Photonics, out of Lanham, Md., has agreed to print the objects for show at cost.

In general, the show, said Boisvert, is both intended to display cutting-edge art and help raise funds for the Maine FabLab, which she says needs about $100,000 in start-up funds to get off the ground. Tickets to the opening of “Bits to Its,” to be held April 27, are $100 and get you first crack at the sculptures for purchase, plus a demonstration of 3D printing and some good nosh.

There will be a public opening reception May 3, from 5 to 8 p.m.

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