One of Pinewood’s very own students, eighth grader Cole Takara, used a three-dimensional printer to create an artistic masterpiece, which both pleases the eyes and educates about the revolution in using insects as food.
Takara used a 3D printer to print his winning sculpture for the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Students in grades 7-12 all over the country submitted over 300,000 different entries. His piece, submitted to the “Future New” category of the contest finished in the top one percent of
“The competition was to create an artwork that shows something that could be improved in the world. I did mine on food issues and eating insects,” Takara said.
Takara was inspired by his parents to create the sculpture which represents the possibility of bug farming sometime in the near future, when they are able to overcome the fact that they are eating insects.
With some assistance from art teacher Caitlin Miller and his mom, Takara created the sculpture by designing it on CAD programs, which is an advanced computer-aided design software.
“I just helped him talk out his idea and discuss a little bit about how he would present it,” Miller said.
Takara took most of the initiative himself to come up with this winning entry.
“I’m very impressed because Cole is only in 8th grade, and he did most of it on his own. It wasn’t a class project, so the fact that he had the initiative to do it on his own was very impressive,” Miller said.
Although Takara has two 3D printers of his own at home, he was unable to use them for this project, due to certain limitations of the machines.
“They’re not the right kind for the artwork I made, so I had to order it from [3D manufacturing company] Stratasys because it’s too detailed,” Takara said.
Takara is quite content with his work and with his victory, as this project required a large amount of careful planning and hard work.
“I thought it would look good on my resumé, so I was
hoping to accomplish something,” Takara said.
Although he does not know exactly what he wants to 3D print next, Takara plans on making more pieces similar to this one.