3D Printing Customised Parts For Art Installation



Challenge: As 3D printing materials improve, it’s increasingly used for artistic installations worldwide. Recently, Jenny Sabin Studio completed an architectural installation incorporating artificial intelligence with a unique exoskeleton. The design comprises of rods and over 1,000 nodes, with each node a slightly different shape and requiring a unique serial code.

Solution: When all other manufacturing options were evaluated, HP’s Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) 3D Printing was the only technology capable of producing parts strong enough to carry the weight of the structure and standing 2 stories high. But also, fast enough to make the project feasible.

Result: In 4 weeks 1,000 3D printed nodes were completed. Using HP’s 3D printing software meant individualised serial numbers could easily be applied.  So that every single node contained a unique serial code to aid in the installation process. The smooth surface finish achieved with MJF also meant each piece fit neatly with the adjoining fiberglass rods.

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“Hey Guys, Hope all is well! I just received the sheet metal parts and assembled them onto the prototype it belongs to and it’s perfect! Just wanted to let you know you guys did a great job!” — Daren Northcotte, Design Engineer – Sydney, NSW
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