Stereolithography in the service of art for James Nizam

At Axis, our core business is producing parts for rapid prototyping. However, we sometimes have aesthetic, or even artistic, pieces to make that have a purpose other than that of serving as a “test” in projects subsequently produced by injection. This was the case in our collaboration with James Nizam.

James Nizam is a canadian complete artist who uses photography, sculpture and architecture to create his works. This artist is particularly recognized for his work with lights and spaces such as the work Shard of Light (2011) or Sundial (2013) and plays with different photographic processes to create unique works.

James Nizam, “Celestial Telegraphies”, 2020, Reiter Galleries

Axis had the chance to accompany James Nizam on his latest project titled “Celestial Telegraphies” made from a previous artistic production called “Drawing with Starlight”. This project exhibited at the Reiter Galerie in Leipzig combines both photography and sculpture. These are film photographs of stars taken on New Moon nights, synchronized with the Earth’s rotation to create shapes from these star lights. Also, there is a sculpture representing in 3D what the photograph shows in 2D.

Stereolithography was the ideal 3D printing technique for the production of this sculpture which had to combine both precision of detail and an aesthetic appearance with the best possible rendering.

Axis produces a sculpture in stereolithography

The “Beyond Violet” sculpture was therefore produced using the additive manufacturing process called stereolithography. This is a technique where a laser cures a resin in successive layers of 0.10 to 0.15 mm. The material used here was the Accura Clearvue which allows, without any finishing, to obtain colorless translucent parts. Depending on the different treatments and finishes applied to the parts produced, it is possible to obtain different opacities ranging from an opalescent part to a completely transparent part when it is possible to varnish all the surfaces of the same part.

On this type of part, we generally do several tests beforehand in order to have the validation of our customer to lead to the final project. Since this part is particularly long and tedious to produce, whether in terms of the 3D printing itself or in terms of the finish, we have carried out several tests with only samples of the final part. To achieve such a tinted translucent finish, we had to apply a varnish in which we mixed a certain dosage of purple paint, according to a Pantone color reference requested by the artist.

Axis therefore has the opportunity to work hand in hand with all types of applicants in a wide variety of fields. Do not hesitate to contact us for the realization of your projects via our form or on the email address