Boolean Buddhas

3D printed sculptures

Process

The project began with this 3D scan, published with a public domain license on Thingiverse by Pieter Bos (his first upload!)

In Pieter's photo here, you can see the original and a 3D print of his model.

I used it as a test model on my Makerbot, as a way to tweak the printer's settings and to try out new paints and coatings.

Buddha Tests

Later, I began to play with the model using the open source 3D program Blender.

Buddha in Blender

I started to combine multiple copies of the Buddha model with simple shapes, using boolean operations.

Model in Blender

A "boolean operation" can take an object and add ("union"), subtract ("difference"), or intersect with another object. Here you can see how it works in two dimensions.

boolean_explanation

After the model is finished, it gets printed on the Makerbot. The Makerbot builds the model one thin layer at a time by extruding melted plastic. This shot shows a print about halfway complete.

Printing the model

The last step is taping and painting.

Taping the print

The final result.

Final result

Shop

I've made a limited edition of twelve prints for each sculpture. Price includes tax.
Shipping is $4 (US Only, email me for international rates)

Buddha photo

Untitled #1
("Buddha Box")

$40 small (2" x 2" x .5")
$55 large (3" x 3" x 1.5")
Buddha photo

Untitled #2
("Buddha Cylinder")

2" high, 3.5" diameter
$60
Buddha photo

Untitled #3
("Buddha Arch")

4" wide x 3" high, unpainted
$70
Buddha photo

Untitled #3
("Buddha Arch")

4" wide x 3" high, painted
$90
Buddha photo

Untitled #4
("Horned Buddha")

2.75" wide, 4" high
$90
Buddha photo

Untitled #5
("Merged Buddha")

3" diameter, 2.75" high
$90
Buddha photo

Untitled #6
("Buddha Bowl")

3.25" diameter, 2.75" high
$120
Buddha photo

Untitled #7
("Buddha Cliff")

2.75" x 2.75" x 3"
$130
Buddha photo

Untitled #8
("Hollow Buddha")

3.25" cube
$180

Models

I'm making the 3D files for these models available on Thingiverse under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license.
Feel free to modify or print them.

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