This year’s SXSW festival is coming to a close at the weekend, and once again the annual event has had many 3D printing highlights.

We take a look at some of the 3D printing innovation present at SXSW 2017. Including 3D printed violins, 3D printing saving the world, 3Doodler winning an award and 3D printed artworks.

BigRep at SXSW, with their BigRep One. Photo via BigRep.

BigRep at SXSW, with their BigRep One. Photo via BigRep.

BigRep 3D printing instruments

BigRep, a Berlin based 3D printing company, showcased some of their impressive 3D printed creations. Produced using their BigRep One 3D printer, these included a violin, a stool, and a longboard.

The strings being attached to the 3D printed violin by Ofer Lowinger. Photo via BigRep.

The strings being attached to the 3D printed violin by Ofer Lowinger. Photo via BigRep.

Amir Fattal, Creative Director at BigRep told 3D Printing Industry,

We are very happy to present our technology and creative projects at SXSW this year. BigRep is invested in developing new creative application for FDM and innovation, SXSW is a perfect fit for us! We are hoping to inspire other people in the creative community to use our technology, as our mission is to facilitate access to affordable 3D printing and show the future of FDM.

‘Will 3D Printers Save the World?’

Samantha Snabes, co-founder of re3D, held a talk on the potential of 3D printing technology. Titled ‘Toilets and Trash: Will 3D Printers Save the World?’, she also explored the use of recycled plastic in 3D printing.

re3D are the creators of the Gigabotand Snabes used her platform at SXSW to discuss the technology in light of the wider world. Speaking at the event, she said,

I personally think one of the biggest opportunities for us when thinking of 3D printing’s impact on society is its economic gains,

The Gigabot from re3D with a solar power source. Photo via SXSW.

The Gigabot from re3D with a solar power source. Photo via SXSW online.

3Doodler wins SXSW Interactive Innovation Award

The 3Doodler won the ‘Innovative 3-DIY’ award at the show, for their 3Doodler Pro device. The award was given for, “making 3D printing technology more accessible or affordable.”

We took a look at the possibilities of the device recently when the winners of the 3Doodler Awards were announced. Winners included a 3D printed Cathedral, light shades, and even machines.

Elsewhere, D3CRYPT3D won the ‘Privacy and Security’ innovation award for their 3D design protection software.

3 point perspective on Kuglmeier Sagrada Família. Image via 3Doodler.

3 point perspective on Kuglmeier Sagrada Família. Image via 3Doodler.

toki – series #02

Akinori Goto, a Japanese artist, was at the Contemporary Austin, exhibiting his newest 3D printed art installation, toki – series #02. Akinori Goto uses 3D printing to create intricate meshes in which he can project light to mimic a zoetrope.

Zoetropes are animated illusions that give the impression of moving images inside a cylinder shape. Akinori Goto’s artwork presents a more modern take on the animation device.

We’ve seen his work before last year, but at SXSW this week he showcased his new complex feature on time. The sculpture is larger than his prior designs and attempts to simulate the relationship between time and movement.

Akinori Goto's toki – series #02. Photo via SXSW.

Akinori Goto’s toki – series #02. Photo via SXSW.

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Featured image shows the Contemporary Austin. Photo via SXSW. 

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