Art of 3D printing highlights with HUB-Robeson exhibit

PHOTOS PROVIDED Examples of 3D printed art are displayed.

UNIVERSITY PARK — The HUB-Robeson Galleries are excited to present Over & Over Again, an exhibition of 3D printed sculptures and projects by Penn State Faculty Jose Pinto Duarte, Tom Lauerman, Shadi Nazarian and Rebecca Strzelec alongside some industry projects by the Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D).

The works on view highlight their commitment to working in innovative technologies, encountering new possibilities, and reimagining objects. All are welcome to a celebratory reception on Aug. 31 from 5-7:30 p.m. to meet the artists and researchers behind the 3D printed work in the exhibition.

The exhibit will remain at HUB Gallery from now until Sept. 4.

The first documented iterations of 3D printing trace back to the early 1980s, but the first practice of building through placing line on top of line is found in ceramic’s coil building technique as early as 6000 BC.

Through new digital technologies artists and manufacturers can model objects in software programs. Then by using g-code, conducting test prints, and adjusting calibration settings they print objects by depositing layer on top of layer until the form is complete.

About the artists and projects on view:

Selections from “From Earth to Mars and Back” organized by Jose Pinto Duarte, Stuckeman Chair in Design Innovation and director of the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing, and Shadi Nazarian, associate professor of architecture share their research within the Additive Construction Lab, housed in the Civil Infrastructure Testing and Evaluation Laboratory, that focuses on using 3D printing at the construction scale to create sustainable housing options that could revolutionize the construction industry and address larger societal issues, such as homelessness. Works on view were selected by Julio Diarte, adjunct lecturer of architecture and a 2020 alumnus of the architecture doctoral program.

Tom Lauerman works within the overlap of sculpture, craft, and design. His objects, drawings, and installations explore the emotional capacities of constructed spaces as a visual, tactile, and visceral experience. In the studio, Lauerman seeks to synthesize digital fabrication strategies and traditional craft techniques. Lauerman is Associate Professor of Studio Art/Ceramics/Digital Design at Penn State’s School of Visual Arts.

Rebecca Strzelec, Distinguished Professor of Visual Arts and Program Coordinator of Visual Art Studies at Penn State Altoona, earned her BFA 2000 and MFA 2002 from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Metals/Jewelry/CAD—CAM. Her work consists of wearable objects which are created via computer aided design, three—dimensional modeling, and 3D printing.

Strzelec is a Penn State Alumni Teaching Fellow and the 2016-2017 Penn State Laureate.

CIMP-3D provides world-class capabilities and facilities in additive manufacturing technology for the benefit of a broad range of government and industrial sponsorship. The new Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) is installed within Building 230 at Innovation Park on the campus of Penn State. The 8,000 square-foot facility includes several additive manufacturing (AM) systems capable of full consolidation of polymeric, metallic, and ceramic material systems, as well as a state-of-the-art design studio and prototyping laboratory which includes a host of characterization techniques.

HUB Gallery is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Class, office, and student organization group visits are welcomed and encouraged. Student and staff led tours are available, email Galleries@psu.edu if interested.

HUB-Robeson Galleries exhibitions, projects and events are free for all, always.

For more information on this and other exhibitions, contact HUB-Robeson Galleries at (814)-865-2563, or visit their website at studentaffairs.psu.edu/hub/art-galleries. Keep up to date with HUB-Robeson Galleries by signing up for their Listserv or follow them on Instagram @hubrobesongalleries.


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