If you meet the buddha on the road, combine, merge, and extrude him.
July 30, 2012 9:03 AM   Subscribe

Boolean Buddhas I started to combine multiple copies of the Buddha model with simple shapes, using boolean operations. posted by dubold (24 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I love this, it's like the kind of confusingly-described hobby a William Gibson character would have

"Dmitri? He's replicating Boolean-merged Buddha heads from extruded plastic these days. I heard he's doing fine business through a gallery in Bukit Bintang."
posted by theodolite at 9:20 AM on July 30, 2012 [26 favorites]

The age of makerbots will be wonderful and terrifying.
I give it a year until a group arts show focused on makerbots is unveiled, if it hasn't already.
posted by Theta States at 9:25 AM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]

There is some 3d printed art out there already, the democratization of it is really nice.
posted by jonbro at 9:36 AM on July 30, 2012

Really nice! Some of them are like mystical geodes.

This might prod me to do something with my makerbot art project I did last year and still haven't got around to documenting
posted by moonmilk at 10:04 AM on July 30, 2012

Sort of a tangent, I heard from someone who used to work at Bell Labs that they had pictures of Kernighan and Ritchie (of C fame) hanging on the walls somewhere. Then, someone got the bright idea of printing out a picture of Kernighan OR Ritchie bitwise. Someone else followed up with Kernighan XOR Ritchie. That's what happens when you have too many smart people and idle hands.
posted by jasonhong at 10:05 AM on July 30, 2012 [4 favorites]

Too many idle hands indeed. All they really needed was Kernighan NAND Ritchie.
posted by DU at 10:17 AM on July 30, 2012 [4 favorites]

Not a big fan of Buddha's image being sold as such a commercial commodity. But I am sure this is art for some people. Scan an existing structure play with the resulting 3D model using off the shelf software feed scan to maker-bot let it tweak the image then submit to various 3D printers voila money.
posted by pdxpogo at 10:21 AM on July 30, 2012

I have no problem with it. Human birth is rare enough, let alone a birth fortunate enough to even come across an image of the Buddha, commercial or not. That's like ... 99% of the way to enlightenment!
posted by Lorin at 10:45 AM on July 30, 2012 [5 favorites]

pdxpogo: not only is the original scan open for anyone to use and linked on that page, but each of the specific blueprints for the scultures shown there is also available for anyone to download modify and print for free. The machine that prints them is even designed to be able to replicate itself as much as possible, and its plans can be found for free online. This is very far from being strictly commercial.
posted by idiopath at 10:50 AM on July 30, 2012

So it looks like the spools for this thing are about $48-55/kilogram. That seems high, is there a cheaper route for someone interested in getting started with a 3D printer? $1750 for the printer seems somewhat reasonable, I suppose.
posted by daHIFI at 10:52 AM on July 30, 2012

also, now that I look at the prices, they are very cheap for art sculpture - and symbols of religious figures are a pretty massive commercial market
posted by idiopath at 10:52 AM on July 30, 2012

Can I have One with Everything and/or Nothingness?
posted by Skygazer at 11:01 AM on July 30, 2012

Boolean Buddhas is going to be the name of my next Math Rock and/or Psychedelic and/or Prog rock, band.
posted by Skygazer at 11:02 AM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]

I follow the teachings and/or I don't follow the teachings of the Boolean Buddha.

Also what should one do if one meets and/or does not meet the Boolean Buddha on the road?
posted by Skygazer at 11:05 AM on July 30, 2012

daHIFI - the plastic feedstock is expensive, but it goes a really long way. Those Buddha prints, for example, are probably mostly hollow, weighing only a few grams each. When you print, you can choose how dense the "solid" parts of the object should be, and unless you're making something that has to be tough, there's no reason now to make it very light.
posted by moonmilk at 11:18 AM on July 30, 2012

I wonder what a Venn Buddha would look like?
posted by Skygazer at 11:29 AM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]

form and shape patents in 3-2-1
posted by Fupped Duck at 12:30 PM on July 30, 2012

I love Blender. An amazing piece of kit for making models, art, movies, cartoons... you name it.
posted by gonzo_ID at 2:24 PM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]

Too many idle hands indeed.

Well, after all, idle hands are the devil's Buddha's workshop.

3-D printing is always nifty, but these are rather strange. The Buddha does not appear happy or serene in some of them.
posted by BlueHorse at 3:50 PM on July 30, 2012

Someday, when they get 3d printer resolution small enough that objects come out with smooth surfaces and no stripes, the woosh sound you hear will be my bank account turning inside-out from the force of the vacuum.
posted by rifflesby at 5:21 PM on July 30, 2012

rifflesby: Actually, that exists today. Eg 1 2 3.

They use a different technique and different materials from the Makerbot. The machines are industrial grade and are also industrially priced - we're talking six-figures or so for the machine, and the 'ink' is far from cheap. But if your only requirement is 'smooth', it's here today, for a price.
posted by fragmede at 11:40 PM on July 30, 2012

Alternatively, shapeways does 3d print on demand with pretty impressive resolution. There is still some banding there, but not as much. I think they use SLA for most of their printing.

Finishing is still part of the process, here is a piece that has been dyed in tea and buffed with a napkin. Looks pretty good to me.
posted by jonbro at 1:34 AM on July 31, 2012

posted by homunculus at 3:46 PM on July 31, 2012 [3 favorites]

Not a big fan of Buddha's image being sold as such a commercial commodity.

You must really hate the gazillion markets, shops, and manufacturers that make and sell a gazillion Buddha statuettes, keychains, and other trinkets and all the companies that incorporate an image of him into their logo, because it's awful common.
posted by XMLicious at 9:30 PM on August 2, 2012

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