Fashion School Professor Featured in France’s "Pour La Science" Online Publication
Although it is not brand new technology, 3D printing is continuing to increase in popularity and is changing the way society produces objects. Kent State University Fashion School associate professor, Margarita Benitez, recently had her project “VERSUS :: 0.02 [gridiron]” featured in France’s Pour La Science online publication. The project is 3D printed artistic interpretation of the game data of a 60 minute Super Bowl game visually condensed into a single frame in sculptural form.
Benitez teamed up with Markus Vogl, assistant professor of art at the University of Akron Myers School of Art, to create “VERSUS :: 0.02 [gridiron]”. “VERSUS” features 3D printed sculptures of every Super Bowl from 1967 to 2018. Their project was created by taking game stats and then using that data to analyze the game play by play, visualizing the distance the ball traveled. To create the sculptures, they imputed their data into a computer and then used a large-scale Gigabot 3D printer to get the physical depictions of the plays condensed into one single frame. The modeling software then created 3D arcs based on the distance the ball traveled.
In order to differentiate between the two teams playing in the game, they assigned one team to each side of the board, with the kickoff team starting on the right side; the kickoff team can be identified by the kickoff arch. The plays were then put in order, numerically advanced from the back of the sculpture to the front. Taking into account the various opportunities of ball movement (outside of the actual plays) and the various ways the teams could score, penalties were factored into the beginning of the play; touchbacks were registered two yards behind the goal line; touchdowns five yards; extra points 20 yards; field goals 15 yards; and safeties nine yards. Many of their sculptures took five or more days to complete. If you would like to learn more about “VERSUS :: 0.02 [gridiron]” and view other works of art they have created, please visit their website.
With the increased popularity of 3D printing in art and fashion, the Fashion School’s TechStyleLAB became home to 3D printer several years ago. The printer can be used by both faculty and staff. Additionally, the LAB is home to a large range of digital output devices such as two wide format digital textile printers and a large bed laser cutter, a Stoll ADF industrial knitting machine, a digital embroidery machine and a 3D printer. Along with these output devises, the lab also provides access to a 3D body scanner and flat pattern digitizer for digital pattern input and creation through Optitex software. All these input and output devises in one collective space allows for a completely vertical on‐demand design/production environment. More information can be found on the TechStyleLAB website.
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