Orihon (Accordion Book)

by tomburtonwood, published

Orihon (Accordion Book) by tomburtonwood Jun 29, 2013

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This is my first iteration of a 3D printed book. I have been meaning to work on this idea for a while - and with a new perspective on the summer - i have been able to find the time to develop it.

I have been thinking for some time how it would be nice to produce a book of textures and reliefs. To publish and distribute all the wonderful architectural patterning and decoration we enjoy here in Chicago and beyond.

The impetus for this project was a call for submissions from the Center for Book and Paper here in Chicago at Columbia College. The exhibition calls for both "print on demand" and "photographic" books. This "publication" is my response.

I think that - for now - the accordion style format is the most realistic. Although i would love to do some kind of traditionally bound book format - as a 3d printed object.

I also was wary of printing the whole thing in one go - it would easily have been a 80 - 100 hour print - and a lot could go wrong in that time span. After some experimentation with other connectors I prototyped a modular hinge and a modular surface that could be joined together with tbusers pins.

I chose six 3d scans scans from Thingiverse, three of my own and one each from Jason Bakutis / The Met, Pretty Small Things and AMinimal Studio. The scans - to my knowledge were (probably) all created with 123d Catch or another photogrammetry application.

The "front cover" explains how these reliefs were created, and has the Creative Commons License for the work. The "back cover" is a list of works. These two elements were created in Illustrator saved out as svg files, imported into tinkercad and extruded / booleaed with a Modular Surfaces.

This piece is very much a prototype. I am very happy with the Modular Hinge - and the Modular Surface - tbusers pins work wonderfully - i plan to use this combo on other art pieces soon. I am also interested about possibly stacking more of these to create columns, or making attachments to fix to a wall and make relief systems from them. The pages do not stack perfectly, i would rearrange the order perhaps as follows:

1. olmec, 2. boddhistiva, 3. mayan head, 4. lion, 5. emperor, 6. ogre

but as i had already made the list of works and i'm short on time this is what it is. also i think some kind of separator between the pages would have been good too.

To check out more of my artworks please visit: tomburtonwood.com

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tomburtonwood on Mar 4, 2014 said:

thank you!

morphosis7 on Mar 3, 2014 said:

Am I correct in thinking that these pieces were designed to print with no supports, in their existing vertical orientation?

tomburtonwood on Mar 4, 2014 said:

Yes and no. Yes vertical. But with support. I am printing on a Replicator 1 (Sailfish firmware) with PLA using the following settings,

Print Speed: 110mms
Travel Speed: 150 mms
Infill: 10 - 12%
Layer height: 0.2mm
Shells: 2
Extruder: 210°
HBP: 40 - 50°
Raft: yes
Supports: yes

Then clean supports with needle nose pliers and shears. you could use dual extrusion on the Rep1, Rep2X or any other Dual extrusion machine.

CelesteR on Jan 27, 2014 said:

How enchanting! It poses limitless avenues for book artists. Fabulous.

MokeWoters on Jan 24, 2014 said:

"The New Face Book"

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ThePelton on Sep 27, 2013 said:

You could make a "book" of sculptures, or bas-reliefs of famous art that could be "viewed" by the blind.

tomburtonwood on Mar 4, 2014 said:

yes! that's the idea

PXD on Sep 26, 2013 said:

Great book!

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dutchmogul on Sep 24, 2013 said:

Beautiful work! This is a fantastic idea.

tomburtonwood on Sep 24, 2013 said:

thank you!

pp3dpNL on Jul 12, 2013 said:

Awesome! I immediately thought of a lithophane book..

tomburtonwood on Jul 12, 2013 said:

yes - that would be a good mashup -

bre on Jul 4, 2013 said:


tomburtonwood on Jul 5, 2013 said:

thank you!