National exhibitions of Leonardo's drawings: Ulster Museum in Belfast, N. Ireland

The nationwide ‘Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing’* exhibitions mark the 500th anniversary of his death. As part of the Ulster Museum‘s programme of events in Belfast, centred around their exhibition of Leonardo’s Drawings’ the Museum’s Education Officer organised workshops on 25th and 26th April on 3D modelling for 3D printing.
The two one-day workshops were for teachers, designer makers and students and used Anarkik3D Design haptic 3D modelling programme.

Workshop for school teachers

The first workshop was for school teachers to experience haptic 3D modelling. The haptic sensation, as 3D virtual touch, makes Anarkik3D Design easy to access as no previous experience of 3D designing/modelling is required. The programme provides the possibilities of exploring and playing with form creation in a risk free 3D digital environment.

Ulster Museum: Anarkik3D Design workshop for teachers

Anarkik3D Design combines 3D touch and movement through using a haptic device with Anarkik3D’s 3D modelling software. As this 3D touch and movement taps into how we naturally interact with things in the real world
3D modelling is picked up quickly. The programme provides a more instinctive method of engagement when modelling virtual objects. Once initial skepticism evaporates, users have very few issues in adapting to using the device and the straightforward software interface. Small class size means individual support throughout and help with making sure that final models are 3D printable.

Workshop for designer makers and students

Below are images demonstrating the range of models and different styles created in the second workshop for designer makers and students. The workshop covered designing for 3D printing. Discussions included this technology and design issues to consider for successful 3D prints. To facilitate this, participants had a large selection of 3D printed samples to handle. These were in different materials, ranging from paper to titanium, plus the different polymers and metals – PLA, ABS, multicoloured sandstone and plastic, bronze and steel. The final outcome of the workshop: models saved in .stl format and ready for 3D printing.


Workshop with designer makers and students: two models in different styles.

The two workshops were run by and Ann Marie Shillito and Anne Earls Boylan.

Ann Marie is CEO of Anarkik3D and a designer maker who uses her company’s product for designing and her skills as a designer maker to guide and test product development. See her work here.

Anne Earls Boylan is also a designer maker as well as lecturer at Belfast School of Art. Anne is using her Anarkik3D Design package to design and create a new range of jewellery using her 3D printed forms with her hand making skills, processes and materials. See her work here.

*In February 2019, to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, 144 of the Renaissance master’s greatest drawings in the Royal Collection went on display in 12 simultaneous exhibitions across the UK.


Models in different styles from the workshop with designer makers and students.

Next Anarkik3D Design masterclass

The next class on Anarkik3D Design programme is a masterclass in Munich, on October 10th & 11th 2019. The two day class is at the Akademie fur Gestaltung und Design. The title is ‘Enjoy Digital Design – Anarkik3D Workshop with Ann Marie Shillito and Birgit Laken’ Here is the link for more information for registration and booking.