Waiting for a digital print on an Objet Connex 500 can be time consuming, so Gaby and I decided to use our time productively by turning the printer into an expressive machine, in the hope of joining the debate on digital craft and most of all seeing the object print process as living-art.

It all started during a material research project I was carrying out with Gaby about how to embed nail polish into the slices of the print, to give the print a holografic effect (see my other instructable) so the process of hijacking the printing process to do just that was the point of departure for this project.

Step 1: Shopping List

Assuming you already have access to a 3d printer, preferably an Objet Connex 500 like the one we use in the images, you'll also require the following materials (some of them) to really succeed at this. I bought most of these over amazon (It's good to have a mix of UV sensitive, neon and reflective tapes to really achieve the desired effect).

Tape assortments:

- ReFaXi® 3m Fluorescence Yellow Night Reflective Safety Warning Conspicuity Tape Stick (color1)

- Cyalume Cyflect Photoluminescent Reflective Tape with Adhesive Backing - 5' Length x 1-1/2" Width

- Reflexite REF-DB Retroreflective V92 Daybright Tape: 1 in. x 15 ft. (Blue)

- 3M 3430 White Micro Prismatic Sheeting Reflective Tape, 1.5" x 5 yd

- Oralite (Reflexite) V98 Microprismatic Retroreflective Conspicuity Tape: 1 in. x 15 ft. (Fluorescent Orange)

- 2 of 5-Pack UV Blacklight Reactive Fluorescent / Neon Gaffer Tape Matte Finish (various sizes) (.25 in x 30 ft)

- Safe Way Traction 2" x 12' Roll 3M Fluorescent Yellow Green Reflective Hazard Warning Emergency Vehicle Safety Marking Tape 983-23 ES

- Irwin Industrial Tool #65604 150' Glo Lime Flag Tape

- Blue 2"X10'(5cmx3m)3M Reflective Safety Warning Conspicuity Tape Film Sticker

- Red & Light Green 2"X118" Arrow Safety Warning Conspicuity Reflective Roll Tape Marking

- Red & Light Green 2"X118" Chequer Reflective Safety Warning Conspicuity Tape Marking

- Docooler Glow in the Dark Tape Premium Luminous Green Sheet Sticker Film for Warning

- NEW customTAYLOR33 Special Edition Purple High Intensity Grade Reflective Copyrighted Safety Rim Tapes, 17" (Rim Size for Most SportsBikes) (please note, i didn't find these so good, but someone migh have a good strobe light that can make them reflect as they should on motorbikes etc)

- 5-Pack UV Blacklight Reactive Fluorescent / Neon Gaffer Tape Matte Finish (various sizes)

- Marsway 1 Rolls Luminous Tape Sticker 10' Length x 0.8" Width Removable Waterproof Photoluminescent Glow in the Dark Safety Tape

- JVCC GLW Glow in the Dark Tape: 1/2 in. x 30 ft. (Luminescent Lime Green)

- Swanson RFTGLP150 1-3/16-Inch by 150-Feet Taffeta Roll Flagging, Pink

- Ninth-City 1.97"X9.8Ft Car Safety Caution Warning Reflective Self Adhesive Tape Sticker (Red)

Other performative accessories:

2 black light torches with rechargable batteries

Go Pro to document the process in time lapse mode

2 pairs of overalls like the ones Gaby and Alex are wearing can be made following the pattern in the "Chicks on Speed, It's a project" book, this is also available via Amazon or great independent book store near you.

published by Booth Clibborn Editions

As far as make up goes, i'd suggest a neon colour palette from kryolan, which can be bought

here: https://www.kryolan.com and then use a black marker pen for the face to outline around the neon parts, this can also be purchased via Kryolan or Lancome have a good one too.


1 fresh pinapple & Digital Craft signage

<p>Do you fully realise what this is industrial machine and not supposed to be decorated in any way and you are violating the entire safety rules? (all this staff is inflammable as hell)</p>
<p>YES!!!! </p>
<p>This is insanely awesome weird and creative. Love it?</p>

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Bio: Co-founder of art band Chicks on Speed and PhD candidate, Creativity and Cognition Studios, Dept. of Engineering and IT, The University of Technology, Sydney. Her ... More »
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