Futurist Amy Karle Unlocks the Potential of Humanity’s Future

04.06.20 | By
Futurist Amy Karle Unlocks the Potential of Humanity’s Future

Artist Amy Karle – one of the most influential women in the 3D printing industry today and one of the BBC’s 100 Women – wants to introduce us all to an old friend of hers named “Hatcher,” a 66-million-year-old Triceratops skeleton in the National Museum of Natural History who made history as the first “digital dinosaur”.

The introduction across the ages was made possible with the aid of HP’s 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing organization and HP Labs. Karle used 3D scan data of a fossilized Triceratops skeleton from the Smithsonian Digitization Office as the foundation for a series of artwork, each intended to imagine novel forms based upon extinct species to explore “hypothetical evolutions through technological regeneration.”

The resulting work – Morphologies of Resurrection – is represented in six finely detailed skeletal sculptures. Displayed under glass, the collection evokes the golden era of natural history museums (and perhaps the age of cabinets of curiosities), “specimens and relics” investigating the relationship between structures that once served creatures of eons past for the purpose of finding application for future forms using their framework of stability, flexibility, and strength.

Karle brought to life her menagerie of explorative 3D printed morphologies using HP Jet Fusion 5200 and 580 printing systems.

I love the exploration and development that 3D printing offers: a new opportunity for thinking, a new way to reshape what we create, and a completely new approach to expression in which digital, physical and biological systems are interwoven. HP 3D Printing enables me to bring this vision to life by opening up new artistic possibilities not achievable before.

Additionally, Karle created three other 3D sculptures from biocompatible polyamide, a trio of cast sculptures of Hatcher conceived in various forms finely detailed in cellular and scaffold patterns, each uniquely painted in gold, copper, and silver iterations. As such, one can consider Karle’s sculptures of Deep Time and The Far Future as Triceratops v2.0.

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