A Major Art Installation Made Possible by 3D Printing at Quickparts

The Manhattan Project

manhattan 2In early 2014, Vick Art Advisors tasked Sparks, a brand experience company talented at creating vibrant environments and activations, to create a sculpture that abstractly depicted Manhattan. The problem was that the deadlines were tight thus demanding a quick turnaround.


Sparks’ 3D design team got together to brainstorm an art installation that would truly depict Manhattan in a unique manner. The team then thoroughly explored options on how this art installation could be physically created. They researched hand fabrication and CNC technology, but realized that 3D printing was the only logical option for the complex full-colour 3D project they had in mind. However, getting 3D prints made quickly was still a critical factor so they turned to Quickparts on-demand 3D printing serviced from 3D Systems.

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“Quickparts has a wide range of 3D printing options for different types of projects .  However, we needed to print very large models very quickly and in full CMYK color, so their ColorJet Technology was the one option that made this even feasible,” said senior designer David Shamlian.


Said Shamlian, “The last models arrived from Quickparts on the Wednesday.  All the pieces were prepped and pre-hung by Sparks craftsmen on Thursday.  It was shipped to New York and installed to the delight of the client on Friday.”


In the end Quickparts completed the project in record time on deadline. Its also amazing to keep in mind that this was done while parts were printed on a full-colour Projet 860 3D printers that were thousands of mils apart and on different continents.


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