Geoff Mann and 3D prototyping

I think I’m just on a printing bender this week. First bees “printing” wax, and now: Scottish artist and designer Geoff Mann. The essence of his work is to make visible the invisible. In one project, “Shine”, he put a candelabra in a 3D scanner. The resulting printed object reflects all the glitches inherent in scanning a reflective object, making the light reflections materially part of the object. Geoffrey Mann Studio: slideshow image 7 In another project, he scanned the path of a moth flying around a flame, and printed that trajectory, again three dimensionally. The final objects were cast in crystal in the Czech republic and acid etched. Geoffrey Mann Studio: slideshow image 6 How about when he filmed a beautiful dinner place setting? He played the argument scene from American Beauty over the video and allowed the sound pattern waves to distort the objects. The objects again were…yes, printed three dimensionally, allowing the humble domestic silverware and tea cups to physically record the sound of Kevin Spacey screaming. Geoffrey Mann Studio: slideshow image 3 Geoffrey Mann Studio: slideshow image 2 Here’s a video that shows you more about how the images were generated:

From his website: “Geoffrey Mann is a Scottish artist (&) design and lecturer whose fascination with transposing the ephemeral nature of time and motion has created a studio practice that challenges the existing divides between art, craft and design. He has exhibited in National and International venues including MoMA New York; International Bombay Sapphire Awards, London and Milan, Jerwood Contemporary Makers exhibition, MAD New York and the European Glass Context in Denmark. In 2008, Mann was awarded the World Craft Council Prize for Glass and in 2009 won the Jerwood Contemporary Makers Prize. Mann has work included in MoMA New York, Design and Architecture collection and MAD New York, Design and Applied permanent collections.” One of the most incredible uses of 3D printing, conceptually…and an amazing sense of material specificity. Visit his website:


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