When 3D printing refreshes Chinese traditional ink.

On 12th June 2016, our interests were drawn to a particular project at the graduation show at The Central Academy of Fine Arts in China. Young artist ZhiHe Chen connected 3D printing with ink to create ‘Ink Cloud’, an innovative project fusing old and new practices together. Through the use of extensive 3D modelling the works were created to mimick the moment of when ink drops into water; from there the objects were printed using an innovative natural ink filament. When exhibited, the decorative artworks are fitted with a light bulb to create a complicated yet elegantly styled object.

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According to Chen, “Art derives from daily life, traditional art is gradually losing connection with modern life over time, some kinds of art becomes marginalised or even dying. I connect traditional art with modern technology, make traditional elements closer to human life, and in turn use a new way to inherit it”. The work uses a transparent photosensitive resin material.

For those who were wondering the model is 700mm(length) x 390 mm(width) and is printed on the ‘UnionTech RS Pro600’.


Photosensitive resin 3D printing makes the production of objects with complicated structures and high surface areas easier and much more accurate. Now university students are increasingly the use of 3D printing in their sculptural designs and artworks. According to Chen, she use the transparent material and then colored it blacked, so that when fitted with a light up, the artwork becomes translucent and soft. The Central Academy of Fine Art’s exhibition ends on the 26th June.





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