I was invited to participate in a maker-space initiative at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. Held over a long weekend, we were provided with a 3D scan of an antique object from the Museum’s permanent collection and asked to “hack” the mesh into something new and interesting. I received a mesh of a Victorian era show, which I broke up into its individual components, and then reconfigured those pieces into a new adventurously styled women’s shoe, echoing the period-specific high fashion nature of the original object.
The newly created 3D objects were then 3D printed on site using a bank of MakerBot printers, in both small scale and 1:1 scale, eventually being displayed along side the original object in a dedicated vitrine. This process all took place in full view of the general public, and we were able to share our thoughts with many people about the benefits of the 3D scanning and printing process.