I wanted to look at the “support material”, which is the extra, disposable stuff the [3D] printer has to add in order to physically support the printing of the final model - the white stuff in the above images. This seemed like a strange inversion of traditional sculpture, a reversal of the famous dictum attributed to Michelangelo: “Every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” Michelangelo said: “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”

In this case, the process involves artificial construction of the marble, and its subsequent destruction: the literal dissolution of the material traces of the process. I went through the recycling bin to find used printing platters, on which is found the last traces of this process, the wood shavings, the dead typewriter ribbon. This is what they look like.

via One Visible Future: Residency Note 01: Printing, Process and Material Traces

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    Notice the drone shaped print on one of them.
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