Joseph Coddington
Voxel Printed Images

  • 2020

    Submission # 14

  • Output

    Student – Ākonga

  • Kaupapa

    Innovation – Technical

    Innovation – Methodological

  • Location

    Wellington, Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara

Project Overview:
This project is a Masters of Design Innovation (MDI) at Victoria University of Wellington. MDI requires the project to meet academic standards as a body of research. Despite this, the project "Voxel 3D Printed Images" aims to contribute to the broader design industry by showcasing new technology's technical aspects. 3D Voxel Printed Images achieves this by targeting the Stratasys J750 Voxel Printer's 3D printing method of layer by layer printing. The output of 3D printed artworks such as Claude Monets Water Lilies broadens the research across design, art, craft and art galleries.

Voxel printing images allow for the connection between art and 3D printing projects and a showcase of the technical capability of the Stratasys J750 Printer. By upholding artistic values during the process of designing a voxel print alongside the J750's technical capabilities, voxel printed images can maintain their original visual data while embodying a crafted object. This transition from 2D image to 3D print provides the intention of connecting the digital and physical realms.
Each voxel printed image in the body of work encapsulates the values of the original image. For example, the Voxel Print of Claude Monet's Water Lilies showcases in 3D an image trying to push the restriction of a 2D plane of an image via its use of scale, perspective, aesthetic and painting technique.

The research work targets four design areas: design methodology, research, technical capability and designed output.
Methodology - New technology is a situation that is rapidly changing, where one project can notoriously shift the direction of future projects. A generic design process can be rapid and efficient from idea generation to designed output; therefore, it is beneficial to use as a design process. Taking inspiration from New Zealand innovators such as John Britten, I have studied Voxel Printing and 3D printing projects' trends, identifying grey areas where a design project can fill the lack of knowledge and make a new connection between disciplines.
Research - Research targeted images, artworks, art galleries and artist techniques. Researched background knowledge was then used actively during the designing phase to affect the final designed object.
Technical Capability and Designed output - By fabricating the image data as a designed voxel printed object, the technical capabilities and tacit knowledge embedded in the object are showcased. Technically, the 3D prints spread out the data through added depth, using the layer by layer build method of voxel printing. The layer by layer method allows for the precise placement of voxels in the design space. As the J750 prints in high resolution, the prints retain a large amount of the image data. Rather than offering just the image data, 3D prints can

Archiver’s Response:

"Innovative in production and thinking."

"An innovative concept applied with modern technology."

"Difficult to access this work, I am not sure I fully understand the intent, however, it seems to fit well in the technical innovation kaupapa. I am hoping it will advance our practice!"

Credits & Collaborators:
Designer - Joseph Coddington
CAD - Joseph Coddington

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