Academic thesis

Denise Madsack: Rapid Prototyping - Rapid Aging? Technology and Ageing Properties of Contemporary Art and Design Objects Made by Rapid Prototyping Technologies Back
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Abstract: This thesis deals with objects in contemporary art and design made by rapid prototyping (RP) technologies.
Since the late 1980s rapid prototyping (RP) has been used to transform digital data into physical models and prototypes. For the last years, RP technologies have no longer been used exclusively for the fabrication of models and prototypes, but also for the production of small object batch series or single unit products.
Today, designers and artists are using RP technologies in manifold ways. This paper gives an insight into their applications and presents the most common technologies and materials actually used for the creation of RP objects. Furthermore, light and dark ageing experiments with 3D printed samples have been performed to examine the colour stability of synthetic polymers typically used for rapid prototyping nowadays. The tested RP material formulations are based on epoxy resin (EP), polyamide (PA) and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). Colorimetric examinations found that some of the tested samples can undergo significant colour changes under indoor daylight exposure, some of them even if stored in the dark.


Keywords: rapid prototyping - rapid manufacturing - polyamide - plastic - epoxy resin - simulated light ageing - acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
  • academic institution: Hochschule der Künste Bern
  • kind of theses:  Masterarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Konservatorin/Restauratorin (FH) Anna Comiotto
  • assistant Tutor:  Dipl.-Rest. (Univ.) Tim Bechthold
  • date:  2011
  • Language:  German
  • pages:  268
  • pictures:  113
Denise Madsack
Katzensteigstrasse 16
70374  Stuttgart

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