VIrtual Conference - TechFocus IV: Caring for 3D-printed Art

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Monday, 25 October, 2021 to Friday, 29 October, 2021

Registration Now open!
Virtual conference, 11AM-3 PM EST

3D printing, also known as rapid prototyping or additive manufacturing, is being utilized by architects, designers, artists, and consumers, and is becoming increasingly common and technically sophisticated. In short, it describes the process of creating a three-dimensional object via computer-aided design (CAD) programs and digital files, printing it using a range of materials from plastic to metal more conventionally, to all kinds of experimental materials like chocolate or shrimp shells. Originated as a technology to rapidly produce prototypes, 3D-printed artworks are now progressively entering collections. While long-term condition prognosis still awaits discovery, some printing materials are known to quickly yellow and degrade. At the same time, the inherent reproducibility of the technology challenges us to rethink appropriate preservation measures for cases where the boundaries of what constitutes the "original object" may not be as clearly defined.

The goal of the program is to address caretakers and creators alike and help them understand these objects' technology, risks, and requirements. In this way, the conference will serve as a platform to develop guidelines within the community towards the long-term stewardship of both the printed object and accompanying digital files necessary if reprinting becomes a viable option.

Registration is now open for TechFocus IV: Caring for 3D-printed Art:

The registration fee is $99 for AIC members, $125 for non-members, and $75 for students. Registration includes participation in the live sessions, access to the session recordings, and a complimentary 3D-printed sample set if you register by September 1 (international participants must pay a $10 shipping fee to receive the sample set).