Russ Ogi by Injection Molding and Manufacturing co
www.russogi.com | Twitter: @Russ_Ogi
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I am a multimedia artist focusing on 3D printed sculpture.
An artist at heart, I have always had a passion for it. I have a formal education in photography but am a self taught digital sculptor.
My introduction to 3D printing was over a decade ago, as an equipment salesman, certified technician, CAD designer and COO of a 3D print service provider and dealership.
Being an artist around 3D printing, I decided to use the technology as an art medium.
What do you see as the biggest opportunity in your industry?
For the art field, the biggest opportunity is having an entirely new medium in which to work.
The introduction of 3D printing parallels the advent of photography as a means of artistic expression in many ways.
Although still seen as a novelty and in some cases criticized as pseudo art because of the involvement of computers and machines, 3D printing is slowly gaining acceptance in the fine art community.
The same criticism was made of photographic technology when artist began to use it.
What impact will changes in your industry have on consumers? the world?
3D printing provides so many possibilities for art. Not only will amazing, previously impossible pieces of art be created but consumers will inevitably have new ways to view and buy art.
Think of the lithograph for paintings. One can buy a copy of a painting. 3D printing is a sort of “3D lithography.”
This will be a double edged sword. It will create new opportunities for artists to share their works with their audience but also introduce a new level of counterfeiting and infringement.
This will, of course add another front to burgeoning legal and moral issues.
What is your biggest goal right now?
My biggest goal is to expand my brand. I am looking produce new life sized armor and have plans to develop a line of miniatures based on the full size pieces.
What kind of support or types of people do you need to accelerate your success?
Currently, I am open to develop partnerships with additive manufacturing companies to produce new, large scale, pieces.
For companies, it would be the opportunity to develop attractive, highly visible, 3D printed display pieces with an appeal to a broad demographic, highlighting the capability of their technology at expos and shows.
What makes you or your work different from everybody else?
My work stands out because of its size and the finish work that I do to them. The pieces I am most recognized for are my life size Samurai themed armor pieces.
Displayed in the traditional seated position, the full set of armor is almost 5′ tall. These pieces are highly finished with multi-layered paint jobs and metal leafing.
I also have a unique and varied background of technical skills and experiences in 3D printing that I bring to my art.
In my time operating a 3D print service, I worked on projects in the engineering, architecture, entertainment, educational, medical and forensic fields.
For example, a self portrait sculpture I created was made by digitally altering then 3D printing my skull and soft tissue from a CT scan; a process used in the medical and forensic fields.
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