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The First 3D Printed Tattoo


The Daily Mail reports that the famous French design school ENSCI les Ateliers hosted a challenge set by France’s Cultural Ministry, “which challenged people to remix images and sounds in the public domain.”

Pierre Emm, Piotr Widelka, and Johan Da Silveira “set about creating tattoos from a bank of images…[they] had eight hours to make use of their digital materials and managed to ‘hack’ the printer so that it could draw a perfect circle on skin, using a normal pen…they chose the circle to demonstrate the precision of the technology as …circles are incredibly difficult to draw accurately.”

In order to practice with the printer, they “borrowed a manual tattoo-machine from an amateur tattooist” and used artificial silicone skin.  Mr. Emm told NPR that “the big difficulty was to repeat the same exercise on a curved surface and on a material that has much more flexibility than silicone.”

The students finally settled on a tube with an open area where the skin was to be marked in order to hold the skin taut.  It didn’t take them long to find a volunteer and viola: the first 3D printed tattoo. 

Photo and Video Courtesy of The Daily Mail     

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