This workshop will delve into the realm of 3D printing as a creative and industrial medium. It will explore, test and discuss 3D printing, looking at its use within education, art & design, craft and manufacturing.
The event will be led by a group comprised of experts from industry, academia and the arts who research and utilise 3D printing techniques and processes.
Michael’s research has brought together his interest in digital technology and his craft skills as a former potter. He is fascinated by the relationship between hand and digital tools and how a three-dimensional ceramic piece can influence his approach to creating objects using digital technology. His work is exhibited and collected internationally.
Michael is Reader in Fine and Applied Arts at the Belfast School of Art. He is interested in building objects by hand and draws his inspiration from coastlines and geological markings in the landscape, exploring the shifts and changes marked by time. In 2013 he was selected for the Irish Craft Portfolio as well as taking up the position as Artist in Residence at the New Taipei City Yinnge Ceramics Museum. He is a member of the Executive Council of the International Academy of Ceramics. His work is held in permanent collections worldwide.
Martin is a Lecturer in Product Design at the Belfast School of Architecture. His research fields lie in rapid manufacturing across art and design with particular interest in the ever-evolving 3D printing industry. He is also involved in research around the application of technology within education.
Jim is the Technical Services Engineer at Whale3D. The company has been involved in rapid prototyping and 3D printing since 2012. It has recently expanded to include the Technology and Polymer Centre – a state of the art facility housing specialist product analysis, design and software development, rapid prototyping and 3D printing, polymer moulding centre and climate testing facility.
Whale 3D supplies manufacturers with market-leading products, from initial design evaluation, rapid prototyping, through to new tool manufacture, and moulded components batch runs.
John is primarily an artist and musician (he is the lead singer and lyricist in the legendary band, The Three Johns). Having been Head of Department of Fine Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University for over ten years, he created and became Director of the acclaimed arts research and postgraduate centre, MIRIAD.
John uses both old and new technologies. He directed ISEA98 in Manchester (International Symposium on Electronic Art), still the UK's biggest new technology art event and is currently on the Board of the Digital Arts Committee, Siggraph. He exhibited digital prints in the Krakow Print Triennial 2013.