3D Printed Mandala Art?!

Can you turn a 2D mandala drawing into 3D printed artwork? Apparently, yes.

My boyfriend has a 3D printer so we thought it would be fun to see if one of my mandala designs could be printed in 3D! We also made a video out of the process.

Check out the timelapse video above to see my mandala art being drawn by a machine!

The original mandala design was drawn by hand and then scanned to the computer. I used Adobe Illustrator to turn the image into a .stl file, which is the file type used for 3D printing. To do this I exported the file as .svg from Illustrator and then used a website called SVG to STL to turn it into the correct file type.

The finished result of the 3D printed mandala is pictured below:

3d printed mandala

The mandala is only a couple centimeters thick. It’s pretty flat so I’ve actually been using it as coaster! It also could be some sort of window art or other decoration. Honestly it was just an experiment so I have no real plan for it otherwise.

3d printed mandala art

I think it’s pretty cool to use new technology for art. What do you guys think? Would you be interested in seeing more videos of 3D printed mandalas or other things? Let me know in the comments below!



Re-Imagining Tangle Patterns in 3D

3d wall art mounted artwork pattern design

Hey guys! I’ve been working with this new floral zentangle inspired design I wanted to share with you today. For my latest Drawing assignment I attempted to re-imagine the pattern as a “3D drawing”.

Above is the design I drew on foam board and then cut out using an x-acto knife.  I mounted it slightly raised away from the wall (about 1 inch, using small pieces of foam board). I did this so that you can see the shadows through the parts of the pattern I removed.  The piece is about 1.5 x 1.5 feet in size. 

Below is my second successful 3d experiment with this pattern, drawn with permanent marker on a Styrofoam ball.  First I painted the ball with a few layers of white acrylic paint.

3d sculpture pattern drawing sharpie marker black white

I made a few other attempts that did not turn out but I guess you don’t know until you try! 

Here is what the original pattern looks like in it’s 2D form:

floral sharpie doodle patterns design

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Have a great weekend everyone!