This week, the Wall Street Journal reported valuable new updates on the evolution of 3-D printing. Aside from functional body parts and food, 3-D printers can now also generate unique and functional pieces of art for your home, out of just about any material. One of the market printers, MakerBot “plans to launch a line of filaments — something like the ink cartridges in a regular printer — made partly of limestone, maple, bronze and iron.” From lacy light-bulbs to chandeliers made of printed gears, the frontier of 3-D printed artisan decor is just ahead of us.
For artists, much of the process of creation and design can be frustrating and arduous. For a fraction of the time and cost, designers can now plan their creations digitally and then use online printing to acquire the individual pieces for assembly. The results are stunning, custom printed items, one-of-a-kind pieces of art that, in time, you’ll be able to print out at and assemble at home.
This development predicts a way to bridge a gap between the artisan and the art. 3-D printing is an engaging enough conversation topic, let alone when you reveal that it’s responsible for a one-of-a-kind home creation. Michael McHale, who uses 3-D printers to make breath-taking chandeliers, says, “It’s not only that they love the product; they’re enamored of the story.”
Instead of handing out one of the 27,397,260 business cards printed every day, what if you could just print out a little model replica of your face? These are the kinds of possibilities on the horizon for custom 3-D printing.
For those of us who aren’t fortunate enough to own a 3-D printer, or don’t have the budget for couture decor, there are lots of ways to get creative with printing. Your local printing services can offer custom canvas art prints, metal art prints, photo books, and more. They also offer card stock printing, so you can design your own paper art and assemble it at home using online printing, just like the pros.
You can also use your local printing company to grow your business with a printed car-wrap, which 48% of people think is the most unique form of advertising, or some promotional calendars, which your customers are reported to keep all year long. The possibilities are endless!