Artist uses haptic design tools and 3D printing to create otherworldly sculpture and jewelry

The Art & Science of Touch

Artist and jewelry designer Farah Bandookwala uses haptic devices to virtually shape her beautiful and bizarre sculptures.

Haptic technology allows for the simulation of touch in a digital environment. A haptic device essentially lets you virtually touch what is on screen and receive tactile feedback.

In this video, The Art & Science of Touch, Bandookwala demonstrates using Cloud 9, a 3D touch-modeling software, to design sculptures which she then has 3D printed.

“Both using your hands… and using a haptic interface allow for being able to understand the form of an object through touch,” explains the artist as she works with the Cloud 9 device.

With a hands-on approach and a background in jewelry design, it wasn’t until Bandookwala used haptics that she became really engaged in computer aided design. “[Haptics] let me think in a way that I was used to thinking with materials in a physical sense.”

The resulting designs are fabricated layer by layer by a 3D printer and then dyed. “That was all manufactured as one object,” remarks the artist as she handles one of her strange sculptures — a creation that looks plant-like but has both an alien and animal like quality to its appearance.

“In the sense that this was a computer file that I sent to a machine and then I got the object back like that, I don’t think that is possible in any other way,” she says at the end of the video.

If you happen to be in London this month, you can see and touch Bandookwala’s work in person at the Jerwood Makers Open on view through 28 August. The show will also be touring the UK with stops in Belfast and Edinburgh.

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6 Responses to “Artist uses haptic design tools and 3D printing to create otherworldly sculpture and jewelry”

  1. Jay Wiese Says:

    Skeptical about that haptic interface; looks more like a video game controller than a sculpting tool- How about something that translates a blob of clay into a digital framework in real time?

  2. Joan Lockhart Says:

    Her work is lovely. But sculptors should look at Freeform 3D Modeling. It also uses a haptic interface, but it’s an elegant stylus and is used by some of the world’s top product designers and sculptors. http://www.sensable.com Check out the model gallery!

  3. Mark Says:

    I remember chatting with Farah at last years New Designers exhibition and being very impressed with her work. It’s brilliant that she’s doing so well with and good to see her featured here.

  4. Farah Bandookwala Says:

    Mark: thankyou!
    Joan and Jay: One of the things I find most exciting about cloud9 is the financial accessibility- it’s affordable for anyone to use.
    My take on it is that so long as the work is amazing, I’m not losing sleep over the elegance of the tools….
    Also, the work filmed above is in the JerwoodMakers Open, the UKs most presigious Applied Arts award… that makes me one of the worlds top designer/ sculptors, And the work speaks for itself!

  5. Ann Marie Shillito Says:

    Hello Jay, My company, Anarkik3D, developed Cloud9 to work with a video game controller because, as Farah says, it makes our haptic 3D modelling package financially accessible and this is hugely important for people like Farah. The cost of the package is 1/10 the cost of Freeform and 1/8 the cost of Claytools. Being less CAD like it is less intimidating and becomes another tool for makers to use to access great services such as Ponoko’s.
    My company’s interest in this is that we supported Farah where we could to bring this exciting range of interactive work together and we are very proud of her and her achievements. With her return to New Zealand from Edinburgh we will continue our support.

  6. Bits and pieces of August 2011 | Partly Cloudy Says:

    [...] If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it's missing. Get Flash Player from Adobe. The Art & Science of Touch In this video, artist and jewelry designer Farah Bandookwala uses Haptics (via Cloud 9, a 3D touch-modeling software) to design her works. It is not the first I hear about the Cloud 9 software, I should try it out with my Falcon eventually. [via Ponoko] [...]