Guillemin Takes His 'Secret Life of Heroes' 3D Printed Cult Art To Book Form, Launches Kickstarter …


The artist

Greg “Léon” Guillemin has dreamt up one of those rare and funny, delightful concepts that combined with stunning craftsmanship simply leaves everyone wanting more. He’s also an artist who enjoys working in a variety of mediums which is even more thrilling for the viewer, as we have the opportunity to check out everything from 3D printed sculpture to paintings, prints, and books.

bookWhile it’s said that everyone has a bit of the voyeur in them, who could resist the idea of seeing what superheroes do in their off time—in full, widespread color? Leaving you shaking your head in wonder at the creativity, Guillemin offers a journey through the secret lives of superheroes. It might not be your grandmother’s humor, as we check out protectors of the world and beyond, picking their noses and dealing with malodorous armpit stains, but it has an obvious appeal to the twisted sense of humor this generation enjoys so heartily.

Numerous characters are depicted in 3D printed sculptures featured in his new Kickstarter campaign meant to secure funding for publishing his art books, beginning with For Your Eyes Only, which is a celebration of the second anniversary of his ‘Secret Life of Heroes’ series of paintings. Hoping to raise 30K, the Kickstarter campaign runs through March 5, 2015. Guillemin stresses that the funds are needed to publish the first edition of the book, which he envisions as a big, lush art book full of the vibrancy of his paintings and works, scaled at about the size of an LP cover.


Already a successful and fulfilled artist, Guillemin simply began having fun with ‘Secret Life of Heroes’ which has–not surprisingly–developed a cult following which he refers to as a ‘geek art’ series, depicting super heroes in a number of different poses and activities, which (ahem!) they may not have approved of if they had a choice.

As the artwork gained steam, Guillemin also worked with the Nyce Gallery to collaborate on 3D printed sculptures. As the fan base for ‘Secret Life of Heroes’ grew, Guillemin began toying with the idea of a book series, and began putting his favorite images into a compilation, while in the process of creating a previous exhibition.secret life

Guillemin went on to unveil his ‘Pop Icons’ series, creating even more complex characters and subjects, taking the humor—and artwork—to the next level. It’s going to be interesting to see how the book series continues to evolve, along with other mediums in the future.

Those who pledge even at the lowest levels will receive copies of For Your Eyes. As pledges increase, supporters receive signed books, hand-signed posters, canvas prints, and more. As they pledge upward of $2500 supporters will begin to receive Guillemin’s 3D printed sculptures. And for a really cool once-in-a-lifetime experience, if you pledge $9900, you receive a 3D printed sculpture, an original signed book, and dinner out with the artist—as well as a private viewing of his work.

It’s easy to see why Guillemin’s latest work has a variety of venues falling over themselves, clamoring to show off his art—including an up and coming solo showing of his work in Paris at Galerie Lacroix on February 6th.

Are you thinking about contributing to this Kickstarter campaign? What do you think of Guillemin’s use of 3D printing to convey his artwork? Tell us your thoughts in the ‘Secret Life of Heroes’ forum over at

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NemoMaker N1 Desktop 3D Printer Launches On Kickstarter (video)

NemoMaker N1 3D Printer

Anyone in the market for an affordable 3D printer might be interested in a new project that has launched over on the Kickstarter crowdfunding website this week in the form of the NemoMaker N1 3D printer.

The NemoMaker N1 3D printer has been designed and created by Nexkos and has been specifically designed to provide an all in one solution for 3D printing, laser cutting and laser engraving. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about this new desktop manufacturing solution.

The NemoMaker N1 3D printer offers a build volume of 200 x 200 x 200 mm and offers users a maximum printing speed of 200 mm/s, with a maximum printing resolution of 25 microns using 1.75 mm PLA or ABS 3D printing filament. Its creators explain a little more :

“The Nemomaker N1 is all in one 3d printer. 3D printing, Laser cutter, laser engraving and more modular functions. It’s easy, it’s stylish, it’s cost effective and it’s for you. The Nemomaker N1 is the printer that will have more fun in your life and work.

Laser cutting is a technology that uses a powerful laser to cut or engrave flat sheet materials such as paper, wood, plastic, fabric etc. It works by directing the output of a high-power laser at the material to be cut / engraved. The material then either melts, burns or vaporizes away, leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish. “

Source: Kickstarter


Ex-Microsoft fellow lauches Kickstarter for ultra-conductive 3D-printing filament

functionalize1A 3D circuit board that was printed with Functionalize’s filament.

It’s not easy to 3D print products that have electronic capabilities, but one Seattle inventor wants to help.

Functionalize on Monday launched a Kickstarter for what it calls the “world’s most electronically conductive 3D-printing filament.” The company, founded by former Microsoft fellow Michael Toutonghi, is raising $100,000 for material that allows anyone to print circuits, wires, sensors, power connectors and other electrical components inside 3D-printed products.

Functionalize founder Michael ToutonghiFunctionalize founder Michael Toutonghi

Functionalize says the filament is 1,000 times more electrically conductive than what’s available today. The idea is to avoid separate manufacturing processes and make it easier for engineers to build electronic capabilities inside 3D-printed objects.

“Imagine a world where you can 3D print a drone, your next cell phone, an Internet of Things device, or the latest wearable electronics as a fully functional devices, complete with circuits and electrical components,” Toutonghi said in a statement. “That’s where we’re going, and our F-Electric filament is a major step forward in making this a reality. Using our nanomaterials and processes, we’ll have the chance to invent all sorts of new, functional materials that Makers need to launch their designs and prototypes.”

After leaving Microsoft in 2003, Toutonghi founded Vizrea, which became WebFives and was later acquired by Microsoft, bringing him back to the Redmond company. Toutonghi then spent four years at Microsoft from 2007-to-2011 as a veteran technical fellow. His claims to fame include leading development on the Windows 95 kernel team during his first stint at the company.

Prior to Functionalize, Toutonghi was CTO at Seattle startup Parallels and focused on the company’s Parallels Automation service, which hosting and cloud service providers use to provide cloud-based applications such as email, Internet phone calling and messaging to small and medium-sized businesses.

Then he launched Functionalize in 2013 after finding no printer that could print general circuits into plastic 3D-printed components. Learn more about the company here.

Pango, the Augmented Reality Enabled 3D Design & Printing Service Launches on Kickstarter

tan1Despite some tremendous progress, one of the biggest obstacles in the way of widespread, mainstream adoption of 3D printing is the skill it takes to develop comprehensive 3D printable models on one’s own. If you have a degree in design or engineering, then 3D modelling likely does not stand in the way of your 3D printing aspirations. However, if you are like myself, or the billions of other people on this planet who have little to no CAD experience, this can be a problem.

One company, called Tangible Solutions, who launched just last year out of a Fairborn, Ohio garage, and since has grown substantially, seeks to change all this. This week, the company launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for an offering they call Pango.

Pango is an augmented reality enabled service that allows for anyone, who can pick up a pencil and draw, to have their 3D ideas materialized. The entire process around Pango is incredibly innovative, allowing a 2D sketch to become first a 3D model within a smartphone’s augmented reality world, and then an actual physical 3D print.


A user gets started by drawing a 2D image within a special ‘Inventor’s Notebook’, provided by the company, and then writing a short description detailing any particular instructions they have for the Pango staff. Once they are happy with that image, they take a photo and upload it via the free Pango smartphone application. The company then turns that photo into a 3D printable model, but before printing it, they will actually let the user see that 3D model in augmented reality. A simple notification will display on one’s smartphone when the model is ready. By opening the application, and then aiming their phone towards the initial sketch, the software will trigger the model to appear within the augmented reality interface on top of that original sketch. Once the user is satisfied, Tangible Solutions will 3D print the model in whatever color desired and mail it to the customer’s doorstep.

The system, which is not even remotely like anything we have ever seen in the past, is perfect for small businesses and manufacturers who need prototyping done based on their simple sketches. The company is looking to raise $100,000 by November 24th to move forward with the development of this project, with an estimated launch date set for January of next year. The rates which will be charged, once launched, have yet to be revealed, although the full service, including the 3D modelling, the augmented reality, and the printing of the model is available to backers starting at just $149.

Let’s hear your thoughts on this interesting new concept in the Pango 3D modelling forum thread on  Check out the Kickstarter pitch video below.