natural girls digital wooden sculptures by ben godi natural girls digital wooden sculptures by ben godi
nov 26, 2012

natural girls digital wooden sculptures by ben godi

‘natural girls’ digital wooden sculpture


together with 3Dwood, an italian based wood carving company, ben godi has developed a method for transferring complex digital models into wood sculptures. mounted on a 3D pantograph, the plastic production printout is created by modeling the figures entirely on the computer and then prepared for production. still unfinished after the milling process, sandpaper is used to detail and smooth the surfaces, with a final wax layer to prevent the wood from getting dirty.


‘when you sculpt in a digital environment, you have to keep in mind that the outcome will be a physical object and in this special case, an object made out of wood. wood consists of fibers that growth in a certain direction. therefore it’s necessary to avoid thin or loose parts that go across the wood grain. they break easily – everything has to be assembled very strong to prevent it from bending or changing its position during tracing on the machine.’







 milling on the pantograph



finishing by hand



3d printed prototypes



3d printed model for production, the one that gets mounted on the pantograph



digital sculpting






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  • I remember seeing a WWI or II (they made ribs for aircraft wings) pantograph in Maine where the carved ducks and classic boat hulls .. then cut them in half to wall mount. Those printed masters are a heckofa lot cheaper that steel casting. Good idea – press on.


    JimCan says:
  • tacky

    melissa says:

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