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Readymake: Duchamp Chess Set

by bryancera, published

Readymake: Duchamp Chess Set by bryancera Apr 21, 2014

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Readymake: Duchamp Chess Set
by Scott Kildall and Bryan Cera


Readymake: Duchamp Chess Set is a 3D-printed chess set generated from an archival photograph of Marcel Duchamp's own custom and hand-carved game. His original physical set no longer exists. We have resurrected the lost artifact by digitally recreating it, and then making the 3D files available for anyone to print.
Inspired by Marcel Duchamp's readymade - an ordinary manufactured object that the artist selected and modified for exhibition - the readymake brings the concept of the appropriated object to the realm of the internet, exploring the web's potential to re-frame information and data, and their reciprocal relationships to matter and ideas. Readymakes transform photographs of objects lost in time into shared 3D digital spaces to provide new forms and meanings.
While 3D digital models are a relatively new commodity, the possibilities for digital fabrication have been rapidly proliferating. Digital relics in the form of images and archival photographs are abundant, and offer a means to rework the value of the art object, making them a perfect starting point for this experiment.
Most importantly, a readymake does not exist solely as a virtual object. Every readymake that is downloaded and produced will see subtle inconsistencies in computer numerical controlled manufacturing - along with the varying 3D printing technologies, variants of specific printer designs, and unique combinations of software and hardware commonly used in ubiquitous DIY digital fabrication systems - always yielding unique results.
Duchamp said in the 1960s, about his readymade creations, "I'm not at all sure that the concept of the readymade isn't the most important single idea to come out of my work." Today, in an age of digital fabrication and open source design, the boundaries between concept and object continue to blur. We invite other thinkers and makers to join our exploration of conceptual-material formations - to discover and create with our readymakes, and contribute their own.

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More than 2000 download per piece and only 17 Comments !??
@Bryancera your work is great !!!
Thanks a lot for doing this !
Very Nice Modeling ! Thanks a lot for Sharing !
Currently printing, will share pictures when done.

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More than 2000 download per piece and only 17 Comments !??
@Bryancera your work is great !!!
Thanks a lot for doing this !
Very Nice Modeling ! Thanks a lot for Sharing !
Currently printing, will share pictures when done.
Beautiful!!. I am really happy to have these.
Beautiful set. What amount of scaling down is needed to fit on standard chess board?
They should fit a standard board nicely.
Awesome Work ! As a dedicated chess player, this will definitely be the project for the weekend.
The last picture seems to show the knight being printed on a PP2DP Up! plus 2 ?
That is one of my printers so I will report on the outcoming
PP2DP Up! Plus 2, correct! This is the printer I tested prints on locally while I drew the pieces, so they should come out beautifully on yours. :)
Awesome. You should make a Man Ray set as well!
Very nice pieces. Btw, what system was used to print the pieces in the gallery?
It's gotta be some sort of sla printer, or sls. either way it's not the standard fdm, there is no way to get a print as clear as their photos show. Though if there is...... could you let me in on the secret?Happy printering!
Follow the links in the "Instructions" tab.Extract :These prints are using the Object printers that I am working with while
an artist-in-residence at Autodesk — which are resin-based prints:
VeroBlack, VeroWhite and VeroClear.
Ah, object. -_-; *sigh*
nice catch o7
I printed the set on a RepRap with ABS but I did end up cutting most of the piece in half to print them and them reassembled them with a bit of acetone glue.
Wow, truly beautiful. Well done.
I don't play chess, but maybe I should start. I'm in love with this.
Very nice project ! Hope you'll get a feature of the month with that !