The Coolest Art Made With 3D Printers

Volumes have already been written about the rising vogue for 3D printing. Stephen Colbert invited users to create variations on MakerBot renderings of his face, it’s easier than ever to replace your phone case, and sculptured trinkets of Yoda are widely available — for the first time. At the moment, the output of these marvelous, surprisingly affordable machines is mostly made up of hokey toys that already exist or alarmingly simple designs for weapons. It’s been almost exactly a year since the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its doors to the scanners of MakerBot sculptors, and surprisingly little has been done in the way of old fashioned art-for-the-sake-of-art from these machines. A few outstanding exceptions, after the jump.

Marsyas, 2013, Makerbot replica of Balthasar Permoser, Marsyas, 1680-85.
Marsyas, 2013, MakerBot replica of Balthasar Permoser, Marsyas, 1680-85.

[Image via Artmuseumteaching.com]