Davide Prete

Assistant Professor of Art
University of the District of Columbia
Washington DC, USA

My latest experiments blend traditional sculptural techniques with 3d printing and laser scanning.
Using toroidal warping of a truncated Scherk minimal surface shapes, I made a series of work that use 3D modeling and 3D printing as first step for the creation of complicate mathematical shapes.
I also experimented a lot, since 2010, with lost ABS, Nylon, PLA casting where 3D printed materials take the place of wax in a reinterpretation of the original casting technique.
Sculptures can be scaled in different sizes and made in different materials thanks to latest 3D printed technologies.
Latest SLA 3D printing technologies allow me to 3D print in trasparent resin, that helps a lot in the visualization of the internal structure.

30 x 10 x 10 cm
3D Printed transparent resin

Sculpture made from toroidal warping of a truncated Scherk minimal surface.
The two symmetrical shapes are placed in opposite directions to resemble a "clessidra" the Italian term for hourglass.