Last year, TheLaserGirls (NYU IT employees Sarah Awad and Dhemerae Ford) were planning elaborate costumes for New York Comic Con 2018, which would test the limits of their 3D design and printing skills. This year, Connect checks in with them to find out how things went and what they learned from the experience.
The world of 3D printing has expanded beyond the confines of plastics and includes various new 3D printing materials, with many more on the horizon. In some cases, the modern 3D printing process combines with age-old techniques to produce something amazing. Through a time-consuming and fascinating process, it is possible to “print” metal objects.
In February of 2018, 3D scanning and printing experts at NYU’s LaGuardia Studio arrived at NYU Langone Health to scan the face of William Fisher. The Studio was tasked with creating a highly-detailed, lifelike mask to replace the face he was donating to another. This is the story of the 34 hours Studio staff spent as part of this procedure.
The November 18, 2018 episode of ABC News’ 20/20, titled “Brave New Face,” highlighted LaGuardia Studio’s contributions to a face transplant performed in January of 2018 by Eduardo D. Rodriguez, MD, DDS, chair of NYU Langone Health’s Hansjӧrg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery and director of its Face Transplant Program. Staff at the Studio scanned […]
Using 3D Printing Technology to Explore Identity Heather Dewey-Hagborg, an ITP alumnus currently making waves with her “Probably Chelsea” art installation, was recently featured in a New York Times article about the Seattle Art Fair and women in the art world. Dewey-Hagborg’s project, which uses DNA from Chelsea Manning to create potential facial appearances, which […]
From cosmetics, to comics conventions, to the classroom, Sarah C. Awad and Dhemerae Ford use 3D printing to create new and exciting projects. Also known as TheLaserGirls, Awad and Ford met in NYU Steinhardt’s Studio Art program. Since then, they’ve formed a bond built on a shared interest in technology, art, and entertainment.
The powers of Marvel Comics character Jane Foster were on full display at this year’s AMUG Conference. Inspired by Foster’s signature Thor armor, Dhemerae Ford, an Advanced Media Specialist at the LaGuardia Studio, presented a 3D printed prototype of Jane Foster’s helmet, which showcased details from the character’s costume and symbols found in Norse mythology.
Lynda Carter is best known for her starring role in the 1970s television series Wonder Woman and is currently appearing as the president of the United States on The CW’s Supergirl. For the Met Gala, she wore a brilliant gold tiara reminiscent of the gold tiara she wore in her most famous role. The tiara that garnered so much press attention was created using the 3D modeling and printing resources of NYU’s LaGuardia Studio.
“Probably Chelsea,” a touring art installation by Heather Dewey-Hagborg, uses DNA from Chelsea Manning to generate facial models, which were then 3D printed on equipment at the LaGuardia Studio. Manning was sentenced to prison for passing government secrets to WikiLeaks and was later pardoned by President Barack Obama. The exhibit and the models produced at the LaGuardia Studio were also featured on the Getty Images site.
Designating oneself as an organ donor is a familiar concept, but few people consider the prospect of donating their face to someone in need of a transplant. There’s a difficult aspect the families of potential donors must consider: How is their loved one returned to them? Previously, the solution was a silicone mask. Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez thought something better could be provided. NYU LaGuardia Studio was determined to provide it for him.