Artist uses Audacity, GIMP, Processing to create 3D printed jewelry

Artist uses Audacity, GIMP, Processing to create 3D printed jewelry

Dot Silverman, an independent designer and a student research assistant at Pomona College, made an interesting use of free software: creating jewelry in shape of 3D-printed waveforms.

The workflow she came up with involves:

  • recording her voice in Audacity and saving it to MP3;
  • using an app in Processing to generate a PNG file out of that MP3;
  • creating an SVG file out of that PNG with GIMP (fuzzy selection + conversion of the selection to a path);
  • using Autodesk's Fusion 360 to create the jewelry model out of the SVG and print it.

Here's obligatory video:

The point of this exercise is exploring, what kind of interesting personalized things you can make with easily accessible tools, not using libre software as much as possible. However, since the output file format is basically the good old STL, one could easily adopt the workflow and replace Fusion 360 with either Blender or FreeCAD (or even OpenSCAD).

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