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2013/111/2 Necklace, 'Crossbox (4) 2013', 3D printed SLS Nylon, designed and made by Bin Dixon-Ward, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, printed by Shapeways, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2013. Click to enlarge.

‘Crossbox (4) 2013’ necklace by Bin Dixon-Ward

Made by Shapeways in Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands, Europe, 2013.

This neckpiece, titled ‘Crossbox (4)’ by contemporary Australian studio jeweller, Bin Dixon-Ward (b. 1960) was made using the techniques of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). Red and orange in colour it is part of her ‘Crossbox’ series. This neckpiece is made of 3D printed interlocking square shapes of different sizes, which when linked create this form. Dixon-Ward has explored the possibilities of CAD drawings and 3D printing in her practice since 2009.

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Summary

Object No.

2013/111/2

Object Statement

Necklace, 'Crossbox (4) 2013', 3D printed SLS Nylon, designed and made by Bin Dixon-Ward, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, printed by Shapeways, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2013

Physical Description

Long red and orange openwork necklace consisting of interlocking square shapes of 3D printed SLS nylon. The necklace graduates in number of square shapes and size towards the centre front, forming a V-shape. Necklace secures with clasp at centre back.

Marks

No marks

Dimensions

Height

470 mm

Width

260 mm

Depth

20 mm

Production

Notes

This neckpiece is made using Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), a type of 3D printing. 'Selective Laser Sintering builds plastic parts or objects a layer at a time by tracing a laser beam on the surface of a tightly compacted bed of powdered thermoplastic material. Heat from the laser melts the powder and bonds it together to form a layer of the object. The entire bed of powder is moved down one layer thickness and a new layer of powder spread over the surface. The laser is then applied again to create the next layer. This process is repeated until the entire object is fabricated. After the object is fully formed the excess powder is simply brushed away and some final manual finishing may be carried out.' *

Bin Dixon-Ward was first introduced to 3D printing in 2009 while studying a Bachelor Fine Arts (Gold and Silversmithing) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.** Combined with traditional jewellery techniques, CAD drawing and 3D printing are a core part of Dixon-Ward's process.

For this piece Dixon-Ward started with drawings of stacked cubes on top of each other. These drawings were then translated into Computer Aided Design drawings. In these drawings the stacked cubes were linked so that they are connected but still move independently from each other. The drawings were then sent to a 3D print service and printed as one object, made up of interlocking parts.*** Once returned from the printers the piece was finished by polishing and cleaning the surface. Finally colour is applied to the work through a combination of spraying, brushing or dripping painting onto the piece.

* Angelique Hutchison, 2006/32/1 Mulching plug prototype, for Victa lawn mower
** Email correspondence with Bin Dixon-Ward, August, 2013
*** Katherine Bowman, 'interview with Bin Dixon-Ward', http://northcity4.com/artist-interview-bin-dixon-ward/, September 2012

History

Notes

This neckpiece is part of the 'Crossbox' collection by Bin Dixon-Ward. This work was made specifically for the Powerhouse Museum.*

* Email correspondence with Bin Dixon-Ward, August, 2013

Source

Credit Line

Purchased with funds from the Yasuko Myer Bequest, 2013

Acquisition Date

29 October 2013

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Crossbox (4) 2013' necklace by Bin Dixon-Ward 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 August 2019, <https://ma.as/469801>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/469801 |title='Crossbox (4) 2013' necklace by Bin Dixon-Ward |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=23 August 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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