Welcome to the 3D-print and -scan lab of the School of Arts Ghent

Covid-19 regulations. Updated on 15/04/2021

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An 8-knot connector piece by Bernadette Kretzschmar

Jewelry prototypes by Bernadette Kretzschmar

3D scans of Lilly the fish and some plastic teeth by Milla Van Der Graaf

Using an old lens on a DSLR with a M42 to EF mount adapter

'A' from Argo. An experiment by Hanne Lemmens

Parabasis by Eloïse Baele

patterned wooden piece for an assembly by Beata Kwaśnica.

A scan of Viktor Froyen was digitally aged and printed.

Aluminum brackets for Eloïse Baele

Freshly extruded filament, pigmented with powder from the algae D. Salina. A project by Tools for Things and Ideas in collaboration with Laboratorium.

Modular parts for an animation puppet of Jeanneke Pis, a project by Sofia Erzini

A toe-protector by Tobias Van Nieuwenhove.

A series of objects that will be analyzed by an AI. A project by Jerry Galle.

Tiny connector test pieces by Beata Kwaśnica

Using 3D printed fixtures, small series are possible.

A textured tile by Keenan Van Looveren

Material experiments for light design by Vincent Rennie.

A pretty failure.

Ball and socket-joint tests for a stop motion animation puppet are put in the oven to remove the support wax.

A green-yellow tinted spool of recycled filament by Uģis Albiņš

Different stages in the finishing process of a resin print made with the Projet 3600. The objects will become necklace pendants of a tiny Jesus crucified on a cross modeled after an IUD. This is a work by Julia Lackner.

Just finished printing.

The support material is melted away in an oven

The objects are immersed in a hot parrafin wax bath. This dissolves leftover support material.

The Jesusses are put out to dry.

An aluminum prototype connector for research project ‘Japanese techniques’

Stone-like objects sculpted by Emma Van Den Berghe

Experiments with alternative printing methods don't always turn out pretty

A tiny 3D-printed spur gear.

A test print on the plaster powder printer (Projet 660)

A mold pattern for a clay tablet map by Mats Wosky

Johannes Obers printed a pipe with a custom extruded filament where uncolored PLA granulate was mixed with cigarette ashes.

Tiny parts for a vinyl record cutter by Kris Catteau

Printing with leftover filament creates a chaotic multicolored object.

Maria Boto from Laboratorium started making rockets

Find a quick 'n dirty rigging method to animate 3D figures here.

Three bio pigment samples. The rightmost one is made with a regular pigmented filament. This is a collaboration with Maria Boto from the bio-color lab. Currently on display at the "Kleureyck
Van Eyck’s Colours in Design
" exibition in Design Museum Ghent.

Putting the robot arm to good use.

Archangel Michael slaying satan, remixed by Sasha Verleyen.

Relief sculpture by Kamiel De Waal.

Footware design samples by Catherine Willems and Aisha Kuijk.

Leonie Montjarret - speculative plant experiments.

Resting Pad (for putting on shoes) - Maya Onzia.

Hyrbid object by Pepa Ivanova with human hair infused PLA.

Ventrilio - Jerry Galle.

Shifted layers - PLA-textile sandwich - Giovanni Franzini.

Collage by Kamiel De Waal.

Assembled tuning mechanism for a mandolin, by Mattias Wielfaert.

3D printed textile experiment by Giovanni Franzoni.

Pepa Ivanova printed a thin landscape-like membrane in UV-sensitive material. If she points a UV torch at the object, it quickly turns a bright pink. For a picture of the print in bright sunlight, check Instragram #formlab_ghent.

A collet made on a resin printer turns a vinyl cutter into a pen plotter.

Printing a test object with beeswax. At 30°C the wax is a paste that extrudes cleanly, but the layers don't stick to each other. When heating the wax higher the layers stick well, but the extrusion becomes unreliable.

A scanned wine branch by Kris Catteau.

Testing 3D printed reference target-spheres for terrestrial LiDar scanning.

New work by Jonas Dehnen in progress.

Kris Catteau doesn't want do drum anymore. He's automating his set with solenoids.

A digital rag in preparation for Max's travels.

Tessa Langeveld 3D-printed a sheet of paper.

Chris Houben terminator... In the bag!

Architectural model for the research project of Jo Boonen.

Key cutouts for Benjamin Maertens' replica of a 17 century clarinette.

Another one in Jonas Dehnen's Fraktur series.

Bilal makes a dome to protect his scultpure.

The toolpaths for a new work in the Fraktur-series by Jonas Dehnen.

Testing out the filament extruder.

The second slice of the 'Ressurrected Object' installation is ready for 3D printing.

Instrument builder Jan Verstraete printed this head for a viola da gamba.

Model by Vincent Impens.

The toes of Rienke Mornie.

A scultpure of Hilde Onis after flocking.

Floor De Width tries on her gostly gasmask.

Hilde Onis is on the final stretch in completing her pink super-dorito.

Vase and Kamiel De Waal.

Mathias Vincent gives his work a yellow touch.

This project is an examination of different aesthetic and material ways to play with letterpress printing techniques of fraktur typefaces. This particular piece is in aluminium, and is a sculptural variation on typical letterpress printing blocks. The motif is composed of rows of the 'ch' letter.

Ressurected Object, by Jerry Galle is exhibited at the Design Museum in Ghent for the exhibition "Fibre-Fixed" (until April 21st 2019).

Laura Vandenbroucke's thermoform test.

LouLou Jaoo Da Costa cuts out drawings in wood for her sculptural paintings.

Lieven Bauwens in scaffolding. A print of Daniel García Andújar for his exhibition at KIOSK: Plus Ultra.

The mighty sword of the Holy Roman Emperor. A print of Daniel García Andújar for his exhibition at KIOSK: Plus Ultra

A naked Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor. Printed in preparation for a show of Daniel García Andújar at KIOSK: Plus Ultra. The show opens Friday 21st of September 2018 at 7pm.

Pepa Ivanova on a quest to uglify 3D print aesthetics.

Fashion students made some thermoforming tests with flexible sheets .

Testing out a 3D printed Petri dish sized mountain range in a timelapse. A collaboration of Laboratorium & Formlab.

Here are some new children in Janne Claes's experimental marzipan family.

The stacker S4 just arrived at Formlab.

Looking into RoboDK to create a 3D printing toolhead for our robot arm. RoboDK is a development kit that will read a Gcode file from a slicer and create a motion path for the robot arm. The motion path will be created in such a way that it avoids singularities and self collisions.

Thanks to Edwin Carels, the Fallen astronaut by Paul Van Hoeydonck decided to carefully study the Formlab made moon regolith at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam.

Jerry took some calibration-prints home from Formlab. He showed them to his AI script and asked it to write a description of them. Read the results on his webpage.

Janne Claes started her first experiments with edible objects. This marzipan print failed, giving the object a textile-like appearance. www.janneclaes.com

Jo Boonen print modellen van hoogbouwsites in Gent voor zijn onderzoekproject BLOK.

Régis Dragonetti wrote a nice introductory text about the formlab. It appeared in the publication 'Onrust', but is now online too (in Dutch).

Thomas Willemen uses the vacuum form machine to shrink a plastic membrane around a cube frame.

Pieterjan Boucneau assembles his multi part bridge study 'Ponte Sul Basento'.

Lukas Haanoule worked on some experiments with found objects and purpose made moulds.

Marta Calatayud Arroyo needed a bacteria cradle to find out how differents species of bacteria living together influence each other.

Dirk Van Gogh proudly presents his Coffee cup + soup bowl design.

Jerry Galle's 3D printed sculptures are still a few days on display in the 'Volatile Truths' exhibition at Rainbow Unicorn in Berlin.

23′ Download, 8’47, B/W, 2015
After some confusion displaying its title, a terraformed comet gradually approaches in 3d space. The terraformed stone’s trajectory is narrated by computer generated text talking about its imaging and resulting ownership. The approaching shape is a result of a 23 minute mashed up Nasa download. The downloaded files were converted into one 3d printable object with gravity aids, thrown back into space.

Photos by Katrin Greiner Photography.

Jerry is on to something...

Bram De Man scanned the back of a Biancato guitar to analyse its curvature.

The vacuum form machine and the robot arm arrived just in time for the new school year!

The second print of Ives worked out perfectly.

Maria inspecting a new print. Laboratorum and Formlab's second collaboration coming up.

HISK laureate Lisa Wilkens printed this extruded word 'MEHR'

Anouk De Clercq designed a sleeve that would both house the book 'Thing' and the USB stick containing a video.

A failed print from Ives Maes looks quite mysterious!

Clamp element for a scultpure by Carsten Henrion.

Cadine Navarro: Sound Landscape. Printed during the JODI workshop. This is the print before the support-wax was removed.

Formlab in it's new location! (more space for more chaos).

Same address:
Kunsttoren, 1st floor
Offerlaan 5,
9000 Ghent

Exhibition at the 'Zwarte Zaal' ending the workshop of JODI.

A 3D scan of tape wrapped bananas by Kamiel De Waal.

workshop: experimental #3D Lab / JODI

Experimental #3D Lab / JODI
More concept, less technology

to print or not to print:
is scanning the new photography? is scanning a performance?
is scanning just functional and makes 3d modelling obsolete?
is scanning a transition between digital and real?
is selfie scanning cool? what is meta scanning?
is scanning a tool for 2d, 3d or 4d representation?
is scanning resolution important? is scanning dangerous?
is it important for a scanner to be mobile? is a scan a 3d copy?
is scanning just a fad gadget? is scanning a mechanical activity?
do you need a license to use a scanner? who cares about scanners?
is scanning the new realist sculpting? is scanners a movie?
is the result of a scan an image or code?
can we scan shit? can we print with shit?
does scanning convert reality into digital reality?
is a scanned object a 3d copy?
is a 3dprint a copy from a digital model ?
is a 3dprint an object or code ?
is a 3dprint object an infinite 3d copy?
is 3d print a conversion of digital into reality?
is 3dprinting a small plastic sculpture?
is 3dprinting a performance?
is 3dprinting just functional?
is 3dprinting a home revolution?
is 3dprinting a popular trend?
is 3dprinting a good investment?

Experimental 3d printing and 3d scanning workshop organized by formLab and Mediakunst. The focus is on making art and not so much on the technical aspects of this fairly new technology. The workshop will take place in the first semester of 2016 (23/01 until approximately beginning of March) at the Mediakunst studio's. More details will follow.

Attention: there is only room for a maximum of 10 students.

JODI (BE/NL) is an internationally acclaimed duo of net art pioneers. They create works in which they combine online and plastic interventions, using both internet vulnerabilities and the content of online social platforms. wwwwwwww.jodi.org. Follow the progress here: jodi3ddddd.wordpress.com.

New Species, by Elisa d'Urbano.

New Species is a series of sculptures showing two different growing stages of a hypothetic organism. The contrast between the organic shape, the structure inspired by the natural behavior of plants or simpler organisms, and the artificial material (PET), reflects the human desire to create alternative forms of life with technology. A liquid inside the sculptures gives them the vivid color.


Getting to know the 3D scanner.

Fold Unfold Fold Again, Lore Horré.

A choreography amongst images

Rébecca Brunet.

23′ Download: Using and reusing data of a 23′ minute Nasa download in progress. A work by Jerry Galle.

De nieuwe toolheads voor de Hyrel 3D printer zijn toegekomen.

DigiTram: digital bed leveling gauge.

2x MK1-250 heads: 1.75mm Filament extruder (up to 250°C) with 0.5mm nozzle. Prints in ABS, HIPS, LayWoo-d3, PET, PLA, PVA, NinjaFlex, Nylon, T-Glase... and nearly any 1.75mm filament at up to 250°C.

EMO-25 Pro: Emulsifiable extruder with two 25cc tubes. The EMO-25 prints in Biologicals, Clays including PMC, Plasticine, Plah-Doh, Porcelain, RTV Silicone, Sugru (Rubber), Sculpey... etc.

COD-25: Emulsifiable extruder with photoinitiated crosslinking. The COD-25 (Crosslink On Demand) prints in materials at room temperature with photoinitiated crosslinking (wevelengths of 365, 405 or 450nm).

VOL-25 Pro: Heated emulsifiable extruder (up to 100°C) with two 25cc tubes. The VOL-25 prints in Waxes and similar materials at up to 100°C.

Spindle Tool: For drilling mounting holes in circuit boards; also light engraving, routing and milling operations.

Shark V laser tool: 5W laser at 808nm.

The first test with plasticine with the EMO-25 print head.