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Paint By Numbers Inspires Jason Preuss’ 3D Printed 2D Paintings

by • March 24, 2016 • No Comments


One year ago, we reported on a Michigan man who 3D printed an awe-inspiring dome clock that stands 4 feet tall, 2 feet wide, and 1 foot deep and appears like it has been hand-carved and inspired by antique creations that pay excellent attention to intricate additional detail.

Jason Preuss, Maker Extraordinaire

Jason Preuss

This developer, Jason Preuss, is a Michigan-based maker who has 15 years of clock-making experience. This grew additional complex when he purchased his initially 3D printing device a couple of years ago, and he’s been going sturdy mastering the satisfactory art of 3D printing. His many new work, that is equally as intricate in turn it into as his clock-making work, is testimony to his artistry and printing skills. This work involves the production of mosaic tile appearing 2D paintings via a 3D printing device, and Hakaday’s blog has included a few of the turn it into and technical additional details — that were newly exhibited at the Midwest RepRap Festival in Goshen, Indiana — for ereallyone’s enjoyment.

Hackaday describes the impacts of Preuss’ 3D printed 2D paintings as a fewthing “between really intricate inlay work and a paint by numbers kit” — and I couldn’t have said it advantageous myself. How does Preuss turn it into this effect? According to Hackaday:

“[Jason] is via a 3D printing device, a series of really specialized techniques, and a software stack that comes with a half-dozen programs to print multicolor 2D scenes. This is not pigment, paint, dye, or ink; the artwork becomes a single piece of plastic with individual colors laid down one at a time.”


Paint by numbers is additional than an artistic comparison here. Preuss has utilized this fashion of painting by copying a paint by numbers scene. He can outline the painting’s shapes, and so separate them into various colored layers, printing it layer by layer — one color at a time. Since Preuss’ paint by numbers scenes use an average of 12 various colors, it can be an incredibly labor-intensive system to get models into a slicer. You can just imagine of appearing at his many additional detailed work (see below).

Hackaday aptly describes the “remarkable…artistry and craftsmanship” of Preuss’ 3D printed paintings. And of afar a few of his work (like his beach scene below) appears like an awe-inspiring mosaic picture with tons of separate little tile pieces. Hackaday writes:

“If you don’t understand what you were appearing at, you may just ponder these art pieces are a strange industrial fabrication system. Once you appear nearer, you have an immediate respect for the artistry and craftsmanship that went into a sheet of plastic just a few millimeters thick and no bigger than a piece of paper.”

Because the turn it into and printing system utilized here is pretty elaborate, it has taken Preuss — who considers 3D printing a hobby when he’s not occupied with his family or day job — really a few time to document. He may already has an active Thingiverse page that comes with creations like a pop out basket, puzzle creator, celtic knot trivet, bubble frames, games, and ornaments. And now, you can add intricately turn it intoed and attention grabbing colorful 2D paintings to that expanding list of 3D printed creations — with downloadable Thingiverse files to follow soon!