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November 26th, 2014

In an encore to his successful 'White Rhino' piece created for the NYC 3D Printshow, Mill 3D artist Paul Liaw created a brand new ‘faux taxidermy’ sculpture for Adobe’s Fall London show. ‘The World Turtle’ is a colourful, 3D printed turtle-hybrid exploring the range of colours and resolutions available through the latest Stratasys printer.


After working with Adobe and Shapeways to test their software, Paul was invited to create his first piece, 'White Rhino',  for the NYC 3D Printshow, allowing him to experiment with the technology’s resolution and size capabilities. 'The World Turtle’ is the next step in the experiment, exploring the range and use of colours for 3D printing.

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Inspired by the myth of a giant turtle that bears the world on its back, the sculpture was designed by blending features from the snapping turtle and alligator snapping turtle. The colours were influenced by a wide range of turtles and a bit of artistic license.

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The project sought to push Stratasys’ Objet500 Connex 3D printer's capabilities to its limits in both size and colour, resulting in proportions that came within centimeters of the printer's maximum output (490 × 390 × 200 mm / 19.3 x 15.35 x 7.9 in), and a selection of muted tones selected from the printer's range of pure colours – no black or white.

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Paul's background in creating realistic creatures for television, film and commercials like Valspar 'Choices' and PETA '98% Human' extends successfully into his 3D printing projects. In addition to his growing 'faux taxidermy' sculptures, Paul has also created a line of jewelry influenced by nature. Check out his latest pieces at his NeoNouveau shop on Shapeways and follow Paul on Twitter for more!

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