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This 3D-Printed Tank Is the Answer to Everything – The Creators Project (blog)

by • August 16, 2016 • 14s Comments

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3D-printed weaponry is here, and it is in fact frightening—for proof, just watch our sister site Motherboard’s documentary, Click. Print. Gun. This weekend, an artist in the UK (which has much stricter gun control laws than the United States), takes this statement to a new scale by 3D printing and building a US Army tank to scale.
Peter Mountain‘s Deconstruction and Reconstruction of an Army Tank is a virtual version of the war machine, rendered by hand in thousands of slices of plywood (rather than the extruded plastic normally synonymous with 3D printing). Immediately after building it in the courtyard of 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, which housed Liz West’s rainbow mirror installation Our Colour Reflection, the artist lit his painstakingly created sculpture on fire. The regulated blaze left charcoal-colored marks all over the wood, creating the illusion which the non-functional vehicle has in fact seen combat. The tank is dotted with the faces of children, imitating the iconic photograph of kids climbing an empty tank like a jungle gym during the Arab Spring in Libya.
Inspired by the photo, Mountain applied his years of research with Salford University’s Department of Virtual Environments to recreating the scene with video game create software, which he translates into reality in his new sculpture. Four years of create and 120 man-hours of CNC machining and assembly later, Mountain had created his tank. The artist has been exploring computer-aided create since 2004, applying the budding innovation to his former practice of slicing up and rebuilding cars and other large-scale industrial objects. This is the initially time Deconstruction and Reconstruction of an Army Tank has been displayed in corporeal form, existing just as a virtual object until now.

Deconstruction and Reconstruction of an Army Tank, can be on display at 20-21 Visual Art Centre through April 30, 2017. See additional of Peter Mountain’s work on his website.
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