First Art 3D-Printed in Space Is a #Laugh Star

Published by , February 21, 2017 12:11 am

(Space) A 3D printer aboard the International Space Station (ISS) recently created a sculpture that represents human laughter, as part of a project called #Laugh. The new 3D-printed piece is the first sculpture to be produced off Earth, #Laugh representatives said. he sculpture has symbolic significance, Gever said. “We live in epic times, where continuous disruption and rapid change exists against a backdrop of extremely volatile cultural shifts constantly challenging our human conscience,” Gever said in a statement. “A laugh star floating in space, above all our heads, is my attempt to create a contemporary metaphor for the hanging ‘Sword of Damocles,’ a reminder that the beauty of human life is so fragile.”
#Laugh is a collaboration between Israeli artist Eyal Gever and the California-based company Made In Space, which owns and operates the Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF), the ISS’ commercially available 3D printer. The project began Dec. 1, 2016, when Gever and his team launched an app that converts the sound waves of users’ laughter into a digital 3D model, or “laugh star.”

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