This sculpture is the most jaw-dropping 3D-printed creation we've seen

Joshua Harker

It’s amazing what you can do with a 3D printer, which makes it a shame the technology still hasn’t quite cracked the mainstream market yet. 3D printing could let you run off a few Lego blocks for your collection, or it could one day help save your life.

One particularly interesting project is artist Joshua Harker’s Crania Anatomica Filigre, an ornate 3D-printed sculpture that resembles a sugar skull. Now, with a little help from 3D printing patrons like Shapeways and 3D Systems, he’s found a way to further celebrate this up-and-coming technology in his own quirky way—the ambitious Anatomica di Revolutis project.

Anatomica di Revolutis is not only a very detailed sculpture embedded with artistic meaning; it’s also a project that moves around when you interact with it. Pull on the bottom chain and it’ll roll its eyes, wiggle its tongue and tail, and flap its wings. Between these wings sits Joshua’s signature skull.

Every single part of the project is 3D-printed with polyamide, a nylon-and-glass powder mix that fuses with a laser. To give you an idea of how intricate this project is, the wings alone require 75 mechanical pieces.

If 3D-printing-meets-art sounds like your kind of thing, you can back this project on Kickstarter. A pledge of $640 gets you you own replica of the sculpture, along with a few additional perks. If that seems a little steep, lower pledge amounts will grant you other 3D-printed goodies, like a small skull bracelet or keychain. You can find out more about Joshua’s artistic inspiration over on his blog.

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