MX3D, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, recently collaborated with artist Ricardo Regazzoni to additively manufacture a 4 m tall steel sculpture using its Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) process as part of the ‘Tresse’ project.
The project began in 2020 when Regazzoni was searching for a manufacturer who could create a piece in line with his vision. After being disappointed by the capabilities offered by traditional manufacturing techniques, such as bronze casting or cut metal, the artist settled on Additive Manufacturing to bring his idea to life.
“MX3D has the technique, new language and open intelligence to understand this very complex mathematical, but also emotional, sculpture,” he stated. “Robots, programmed by qualified people, close the gap between the pure thought and the creation of the object with absolute respect.”
MX3D’s WAAM process allows the creation of geometries with higher complexity than conventional manufacturing processes and a higher speed and cost efficiency compared to powder metal AM processes. The Tresse tower was additively manufactured in stainless steel, with gold plating applied to the tips in post-production.
“To my surprise the 3D printing had a texture that gave a human quality to the piece, enhancing its shine and strength,” Regazzoni added. “It is not an old language, it is a contemporary one for art.”
The piece now stands in a private garden in Eygalières, France.