measuring cup test print

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    A small cup-like form derived from 150 years of Sydney temperature data. Treating the form as a stack of rings, each ring represents one year's temperature, with the months arranged radially. The higher the temperature, the further the surface is from the center. Rings are stacked from bottom to top: at the bottom of this form is data from 1859 - at the top, 2009.

    Data points are smoothed using a moving average with a five-year span, in order to make the form printable. The data is sourced from the UK Met Office HadCrut3 subset.

    The form was generated in Processing, cleaned up in Meshlab and printed by Shapeways in their "Strong White Flexible" material.

    lennyjpg, velluminous rex, tomvdv, and 5 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. lennyjpg 62 months ago | reply

      yeah, awesome work.

    2. lennyjpg 62 months ago | reply

      how much did you pay for the printing ?

    3. lennyjpg 62 months ago | reply

      and is that already a functional object, or planned to be used as a mold for further processes ?

    4. mtchl 62 months ago | reply

      @lennyjpg thanks - the print was about $us50. Functional? This is art, man! This form is for a gallery but the idea is to be able to print one using data from a location of your choice... so yes the 3d print would be the final product

    5. lennyjpg 62 months ago | reply

      Oh, damn, sorry man :) I read "cup-like" as cup, my bad.
      Guess I was hoping i could buy one, and I'm a consumer, not a collector ;)

      // for objects like this one I came to the conclusion that touching actually works better than just looking at it. At least I noticed that with my cardboard-scultures, people like to look at it, but everybody instantly wants to touch it.

    6. mtchl 62 months ago | reply

      @lennyjpg a cup is in the eye (or mouth) of the beholder - so why not? :) Pick a city from the dataset and I'll make you a local version.

      I totally agree re. touching - here you instantly get a much better sense of the shape (and the warming / increase in radius) by picking it up. Which makes the "art" thing is a bit of a problem, really...

    7. lennyjpg 62 months ago | reply

      yeah... just thinking to myself:

      you can do many of these, with many datasets. and it would be cool if one can touch it. while the visual side of this is nice, the haptic quality definitely would rock.

      if you go for a product, you can play out all of these aspects. yay.
      you have the chance to sell many of those for a small price.

      if you go for the artmarket, it's the exact opposite. you need to make only one (or else it will be of less value), and people are not allowed to touch it. and you will show only one dataset. and you can sell only one (if you can sell it at all)

      personally I am a bit pissed off by the fact that the artmarket is per se unfriendly for generative / datadriven things that could be printed in many variations. oooh, yeah, right, you can also do the limited-edition-thing. but that's whack, dead birds that is.

      which leads to exhibition-openings where you see artists explaining to visitors that this was not built manually and could actually be produced more than once.... which tells them about as much as any other artist telling them that he could have painted another piece but somehow decided not do so. erm, yes...

      well..if you work with random and composition, it might make sense to produce limited editions, and play out your choice as the value that makes it a limited artwork. but with datadriven things that makes no sense.

      // sorry for using your stream to render my rant about that :)

    8. mtchl 62 months ago | reply

      hey, well said! a nice summary of this double bind.

    9. ak Yip 61 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Shapeways, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    10. miska_too 60 months ago | reply

      wow! very cool, like it a lot!

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